A great ship, with elephant skin,
patched in groups and set on water, defying
weight and gravity, resting at harbors edge, connected
to shore by the umbilicus of twisted ropes.
People wave with hats and open hands. Colorful scarfs
flavor the air of adventure and new places; a blue
horizon of water awaits them.
From the bowels of the ship men with dirty hands
swear and spit and sweat without shirts, force black twisting
tortuous smoke up into cool air.
A whistle blows. Names fill the air. Ropes splash with water.
Propellers turn like gold three leaf clovers. The ship moves.
The ocean absorbs its presence.
I served as a med-tech at MacDill AFB in Tampa Florida for three in half years during the Vietnam era. While stationed at MacDill I attended evening classes through the University of Tampa. When discharged I began studies at the University of South Florida attaining my Associate and Bachelor degrees. In 1973 I attended Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri, attaining my doctorate in 1977. While in active practice I served on the Legislative and Practice Management committees for the American Chiropractic Association, lecturing at a number of chiropractic colleges in the United States, Canada and Australia, and authoring over 50 articles pertaining to chiropractic management and legal guidelines for associates. I have maintained a solo practice for the past 34 years in upstate New York. I have four children; Abigail 32, Caleb 31 (an Army Captain and Airborne Ranger, Andrew 28 and Philip 24.