Ramon the Poet
I am know as "a Poet in our Midst" and I do poetry by commission and/or Pro Bono.
I grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota in the 30's, 40's, and 50's. Served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War era as a Meteorologist at Cape Canaveral, Fla and in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. I became a mechanical draftsman and then an accountant. I worked as the Chief Accountant for the Minnesota Department of Economic Development in the early and middle 70's.
I spent most of my money on slow horses and fast women, the rest - I just wasted, I guess (Damon Runyon). I was a fighter in the square circle in my teens and in the service. I fought three Welterweight Champions along the way. One was at the navy Base in Key West, Fla in 1955. He was an Italian kid from Brockton, Mass (nicknamed 'Rocky'). I lost to him after having knocked him down twice - it was brutal. I'm a slow learner, it seems!
I wrote some interesting letters during my military time and just a couple of poems and stories afterward. I wrote a song published by James "Cornbread" Harris (Jimmy Jams father) called "Good Good Good" which is on his album 'Cornbread Supreme II'. I have written about thirty poems about social/political/ philosophy concepts as I see them. I specialize in personalized poems for birthdays, remembrances, and for special occasions.
I have traveled widely in the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii, North and South America, Europe and Asia. I have been to many Caribbean Islands from the Bahamas to Aruba, through the Panama Canal and have cruised the Mediterranean. That was five continents and thirty some countries in all. I found that we all have a lot of similarities and at the same time we can be extremely different in our thinking and attitudes (I guess that really goes without saying).