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Reflections

Lawrence Walters 1941 (Illinois)



1941 Born Once,
'53 Born Again,
Father's Fatherless concern
Left hurting for love to yearn

'58, Mom alone
1960, leaving home
Serving country was the plan,
Twenty year Marine Corps Man.

Skydiving, party days,
Learning worldly Fun-filled ways,
Married once, but not to last
Haunted wife, regretful past

Settled down, content to rest,
With four children gladly blest,
College late, a two-year tour,
Education soup d'jour.

Academically inspired,
Business Ad degree acquired
Wanting more to fill my cup
Drama, English, raised it up.

Military success behind,
Usher in civilian mind.
Ensuring new horizons face,
Bicycling took its place.

Thirteen years I trained to win
Finish Line's elusive grin,
World's Toughest Sport on the shelf
To tour and find another Self.

New love found, life enhance,
Carol, Epitome of Second Chance,
Ministry among God's Men
Spiritual quest, avoiding Sin.

One more goal before life's o'er,
Life's Thesis at Death's Waiting Door,
Poetry, Writing's gift explore,
Emulate Fitzgerald and Joyce
In similes and active voice,
Inspired, thus aspiring, I
Would gladly put down pen and die!

About this poem

It chronicles the wonderful life God has blessed me with. However, it also contains some of the regrets and sad times (e.g., A father who beat me unmercifully and a failed marraige.)

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Written on April 16, 1994

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Lawrence Walters

I am 80 years old. I was raised in a small town in the 50's. I served twenty-one years in the Marine Corps as a Maintenance Data Analyst. I was a Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California, Champion horseshoe pitcher in 1980. In 1972 I was among twenty-six Marines selected (out of 180,000 Marines to attend Palomar Junior College on the Marine Corps Associate Degree Completion Program. I obtained a Batchelor of Business Administration from Chapman College in 1978. After my retirement from the Marine Corps in 1980 as a Master Sergeant, I spent ten years as a Senior Claims Adjuster for Safeco Insurance in Spokane, Washington. As a Bicycle Advocate, I worked with local governments and law enforcement agencies to design bike lanes, in bicycle accident investigation, and bicycle rack construction and location. I directed a Bicycle Transportation Alliance in Spokane, Washington. As the Bicycle Safety and Education Director for the Bicycle Federation of Washington State, I worked with state legislators and the Bicycle Lobby to complete the 1991 Washington State Bicycle Bill. I was a Veteran bicycle racer for thirteen years, winning both road race and trial state championships. After retiring from racing, I toured the US by bicycle and led bicycle tours. As a League of American Wheelman Bicycle Safety Instructor, I taught safe cycling to both adults and school children. I ride my recumbent bicycle (even though I am "confined" to a wheelchair.) After I rededicated my life to Christ in 1995, I was active in Men's Ministry, served in church offices as Council, Board Chair, and Treasurer. I re-entered the work force as an Insurance Inspector in 1995. I served as the Administrator for Helping Hands Homeless Shelter, I was an avid skydiver, completing seventy-two free falls. I was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease in 2003. I have written an (unpublished) book, "Stop the Anger - The Fourth Generation,”), and a pictorial paperback about my four children, entitled “Passing Thoughts Along the Way.” My wife, Carol Ann and I were married in 1996. Carol is the most wonderful person in the world and is also a wonderful care-giver. I stand in awe of the wonderful life God has blessed me with, as chronicled in my latest book, “Counting My Blessings.” I am currently contemplating my next book. more…

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