Free Verse - Ted O. Badger
Ted O. Badger is the editor/publisher of Lucidity, A Journal of Verse. His words:
I am a native Texan so I have the usual Texas drawl when I speak. I am 6'3" tall and weigh about 210 pounds. I am well educated with three university degrees and after 20 years of work, retired from Texaco. Though I retired from Texaco a long while ago, I still work as a literary publisher from my home office. For 20 years I have published a national poetry magazine Lucidity featuring poems from poets across the country.
In addition, for 13 years I have sponsored a yearly poetry conference in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, with poets attending from all over the USA. I also publish small books of poetry for other writers. I make heavy use of the computer for publishing and also for daily communication. In May of 2004, I flew to Rome, enjoyed a Mediterranean cruise, and spent two days in London. I am 81 years old ... a fact I have achieved by refusing to die so far. The other bummer is I use a walker to ambulate, mainly to follow my doctor's advice when he said: "Mr. Badger, stay off the ground."
As a result of falls, I have been proficient at breaking leg bones, resulting in a knee and a hip replacement. However, the surgery was wonderfully efficient: I feel no pain and I can walk, drive, travel and dance! True, I use my walker for all of this but it is just mechanical device that enables me to fully enjoy life experiences. Though I am truly old, I still find laughter, sorrow, joy, hope, disappointment, contentment and love just as fully real as ever. The sensations of life belong to all humanity no matter the age.