EDITED August 19,2021: PoemHunter has improved, though not back to being as wonderful as it used to be for years. : ( I may be moving from California to South Carolina in the near future. My life on PH and at 'home' is unsettled. I have deactivated many more of my poems, including most of my 'showcases' recently. This is to give fewer poems to pick from for anyone foolish or bored enough to search out some of what i consider my 'better poems'. Of course they are ALL great (to my eyes) more or less. I keep hearing people are dying from 'Covid'. Well, I thought that was part of life: dying. We can't all go on living. I've not been vaccinated and have no plans to submit to it, esp. since my wife is VERY STRONGLY OPPOSED to it....and many other things in the world. bri :) p.s. i AIN'T going to proofread the above. =================================== EDITED MARCH 9TH,2021: i KNOW I'M NOT ALONE, AS A MEMBER FOR YEARS ON PH, IN SAYING SOMETHING HORRIBLE HAPPENED TO NEARLY-DESTROY PH FOR AT LEAST SOME OF US. BUT I'M SUSPICIOUS THAT SOME OTHER MEMBERS ARE HAVING A MORE SUCCESSFUL TIME WHEN THEY COME HERE. AMONG OTHER PROBLEMS ARE...... 'OFTEN' BEING UNABLE TO: 'SIGN IN' USE THE 'SEARCH ANYTHING' FEATURE COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER MEMBERS SEE WHO IS ONLINE (A FEATURE APPARENTLY DISCONTINUED IN DEC.2021) ETC. ETC. : ( AND FEATURES WHICH DO WORK, ARE NOT NEARLY AS CONVENIENT TO USE AS THEY USED TO BE. AH, WELL, SUCH IS LIFE: IT SOMETIMES SUCKS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! : ( HELLO TO ALL MY FRIENDS (IF ANY OF THEM EVER SEE THIS) . BRI ---------------------------------- About Me: [edited November 1,2014] [and edited some in 2017 and Feb.2020] [[ 2020: i seem to have two bios on PH and the other starts by saying i'm a Jokester; i use a lot of humor/humour, AND i sometimes " LIE" in messages to members, hoping they will always realize i am NOT meaning to be truthful. BUT i believe some members misunderstand my 'humor' lying and this can cause problems for them and ME! AND i feel some members, in turn, have begun to " lie" to me, such that i don't always know what to believe in THEIR messages to ME! ! ! : ]] Ok! it is now March 23,2017 and i am STILL ALIVE! Way to go, Bri! ! but....FLASH! my real name no lie is Brian Edward Whitaker, BUT if you use this information in a cruel or dishonest way, i shall hunt you down and tickle you mercilessly! especially if you are a broad! PH seems to leave the apostrophes out of my bio, so i have replaced them; maybe they will stick now? I think one of my high school English teachers gave me the only D I ever got on a postcard [gee, over a year after writing this bio i went to edit it and found that i wrote postcard instead of the correct word s: 'report card'; i guess that is what happens to a retired U.S.postal worker! ] Proofreading does make a difference! That was my LOW mark! Just so ya know, ya know? But who's counting? I was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam conflict/war after i quit college my senior year. Ive been a delivery truck driver, a day laborer, a hospital aide, an operating room technician, and last, but not least, a USPS window clerk, now retired. PLEASE buy stamps etc. I have one child and have been a good husband................four times. Yikes! I enjoy birdwatching, walking, talking, being a pain to my wife not really, and writing poetry. Most of my poems have been written since I retired in 2004. PoemHunter is great! not perfect, but who/what is? i have moved to near eureka california. i am still married! i have become a grandfather, though i don't consider it a big deal. a friend recently asked if a poem i had sent to her was pentameter. hmm? i looked it up. something to do with arrangements of words in poetry. i told her i usually just write what sounds good to me. hopefully some of it sounds good to the readers! in my list of poems i give, for each poem, a title, and i follow the title with some clues [in brackets] about the poem's content and length. at least that is how my more recently-submitted poems are listed. this is to aid readers in picking something they might enjoy, or at least not hate. in most of my poems i try to be funny, at least a little bit! i also have very serious poems. some are VERY long but not TOO long, and those sometimes deal with serious subjects of human behavior/ behaviour for some of my overseas friends and experiences. they may take ten minutes or more to read? , but hopefully some will read and enjoy them. i almost always use rhymes. maybe that will make up for my lack of seriousness, romanticism, and attention to confining-patterns such as in pentameters! . i will be challenged if anyone would like to suggest a topic or title for a poem. i wrote one for an ex-wife's boyfriend once a valentines day poem; i did have to ask her to tell me something about their relationship/him, in order to write something personalized and somewhat truthful. feel free to ask. my PH fried, Brian Johnston, has been running a monthly for a few months so far poetry writing contest 'Challenge' in which he challenges all members to submit a poem using a title he has chosen. he makes up a 'poem title' referring to the month and year and the word 'Challenge'. [[ Feb.2020: B. Johnston quit doing " Challenges" and i took over, and within a year or so i changed the name of the usually-monthly event to " Showcase" , changing it to a display of poems i've enjoyed on PH and no longer making it a contest nor requiring a special title or subject for displayed poems. A few months ago, i again changed to calling the events " Lists" , usually just giving author names and titles of poems.]] i also have a habit at times of correcting or suggesting or questioning poets in my comments about their poem s. most poets on PH have accepted this without complaint. [maybe they HAD a complaint, but they did not tell ME.] some have even thanked me! a few have requested that i send less-than-flattering comments to them directly as messages so other readers will not see them. fine with me, if i am asked to do that and remember. i am NOT a man of few words, as you may be able to assume by the length of this. please feel free to suggest i read one a particular one of YOUR poems. i will try to accommodate you, but please proofread the poem at LEAST once first, and don't feel i'm being mean if i don't praise it. some of my poems deal in part at least with my feeling that i have lived long enough 66 years and am ready to go to the next step, which to me is dirt. i am an agnostic/atheist which also shows up in some of my poems. the photo of me on PH is really me and, yes, i am eating pizza, a rare treat for me. have a nice time on PoemHunter! bri: i just reread the instructions for what to write here......in my bio. it says write down a brief note, but it also says there are no limitations for this text, SO i guess i haven't broken the rules with my wordiness! - - - - - - - - - - - - - some suggested SHORT POEMS by me: [Humor] Speak To Me, Moon..... [Speaking To The Moon; Fantasy; Humor; Very SHORT] 3/28/2014 A Father's Toast At His Gay Son's Wedding Reception..... [Same-sex marriage; Humour/HUMOR; Johnny Cash song/Sheldon Silverstein poem; SHORT] Won't You Be My Poemhunter-Valentine? ? ...... [my silly VERY SHORT valentine wish] 2/12/2014 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - some suggested MEDIUM POEMS by me: Mary's Pet....[Humor; Human nature; Pets; Scary? ; Grade school] 11/21/2012 Bye-bye Jimmy.....[Nature observations; Death; Personal] 10/29/2012 Holes I've Known....... [Holes, of course! ; HUMOR/humour; MEDIUM length] 6/17/2014 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - some suggested LONG POEMS by me: [Jake's] Christmas Eve.....[Exploration; Food Gathering; Fatherhood; Santa; Rat; LONG; Humor] 12/15/2012 '6 Foot 3'......[LONG; Scary; Gross; Murder] 11/18/2012 When The Carousel Animals Got Loose.....[LONG; Humor; Fantasy; Adventure] 8/9/2012 Creation maybe not what you think......[Girl-to-woman; Baby-making; LONG; Relationships] 12/15/2012 Finding Oneself......... [EXTREMELY LONG; Growing Up; Relationships; Humour/Humor] reviewed 12/1/2012 bri:
When I were schooled english wernt my thing.
My scores in English lurning no bells done ring.
Yea I grajaded but ain't english smart ….no lie!
Come end a school year the teach said 'By Bri.'
For my poems, my friend Valsa George has a hunger.
She’s over fifty, but, compared to me, she is younger.
She suggested I write about ‘the advantages of being old’.
It’s a challenge, but, Valsa, on this idea you have sold......
My favorite colors are green and brown.
Green-leafed trees polka-dot our town.
Green’s the color of farm pond scum,
and green’s the color of green tea gum.
Did you ever notice, in “funeral”, the much smaller word, Fun?
If there was a funeral for me, who would “from it” and who would “to it” run?
At 64 I’m overdue perhaps; why should I any longer stick around?
In our big paper dictionary, many as young or younger than I have died, I’ve found.
I’m an American. So you know I KNOW about equality, right?
And I’m married. I strive for spousal equality with all my might!
Let me share with you how I help to keep my marriage EQUAL.
I’m so good at it that this is my 3rd marriage sequel.