retired US foreign service officer living in South Korea. Served 27 years with the State Department serving in 10 countries. Grew up in Berkeley, California. Taught ESL and US Government prior to joining the State Department. Served in the Peace Corps in Korea

latest poem

one day  a space ship landed near my house and a tall alien dressed is silver accompanied by three shorter aliens came to my house and told me they were conducting a survey of the earth  and had some questions of me  they had picked me because I was considered a subject matter expert  a subject matter expert on the topic of love which was one of the things  that they could not understand about humanity no one else among the 1 million intelligent species had such a concept you see in the complete universe there is no such concept  of romantic love in most cultures there are marriages and most people are bisexual and group marriages are the norm and love is seen as merely sexual attraction and most people pick their partners from computer generated links From computer generated links for we have figured it all out but you persist in denying  that love is nothing but  a chemical DNA thing explain to me since we consider you the most romantic man in the world what the hell is love? tell us what is this thing  you called love I said  it comes down to this  Love is mysterious love is magic there is a certain zen element  zen element  to love to love a certain taoist element as well to it as well those who can define it have never experienced it and those who have experienced it can never describe it one can say a few things love happens  when you least expect it love creeps up on you Love happens  when you are washing dishes drinking wine drinking wine dancing at a club making love  for the first time or the 10, 000th time and every time is different than the time before love happens when you give up searching for love waiting for love wishing for love wishing for the one then one day the one walks out  of your dreams and into your life becoming your wife my wife one day was berating me  for all my myriad faults all my sins against her my omissions and commissions malfeasance and misfeasance  things I had done and things i had failed to do and things I had failed to do all of which I acknowledge and apologized for but finally I had enough I said  well if I am so bad so horrible so evil a creature and a person you hate  so much  why the hell did you marry me she laughed  temporarly insanity temporarly insanity and I am still insane twenty five years later we both laughed and fell in love  again as always  we fall in love with each other  every day every moment every second every second it dawned on me I had the answer to the question and that my friends  is the true unknowable ma dness  the true zen spirit of love well that was interesting and I think we begin  to understand you all  a bit more

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