Jerry Rhoads

The Eighth Wonder of the World

The Eighth Wonder of the World is the topic of the first poem and the theme for my first of five Wonders of the World poetry books. I reveal in that poem what the eighth wonder is and its intrinsic value to each person on earth. It presents something we all possess and don’t appreciate its power. I don’t want it revealed until they read that first poem, and hopefully, use that eighth wonder to read the rest of The Eighth Wonder of the World. Then eventually find their other four wonders by reading the Wonder collection.
So, for this first Wonder book to resonate with the reader, a love of poetry will initially be the reason it is purchased. After that, it will be the value to each reader as they use the five wonders in living their own lives. Ironically, poetry is so personal it’s hard to convince readers to take the time to feel the words, not just read them. To enable them to feel their Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth wonders I use a poetic view of their worldly being for each and every one of the 8+ billion people on earth …now known in my collection of the Wonders as our physical and meta physical being.
This collection has taken 35 years to enunciate into a tape recorder and five years to edit (by my wife who didn’t connect with my poetry until she read this collection of my feelings and thoughts of her and our family). It also is a stringing together of rhythmic words (some 50 thousand in each book), expressing opinions, values, habits, anything and everything that came out of my mind and heart for my new career as a writer, aspiring to be published and known as a renaissance author of poetry for my love of all that affects our lives here on earth.
Jerry L. Rhoads is a CPA and a retired health care administrator … born in Iowa and lives in Chicago area with his wife of 60 years. He is the proud father of four, grandfather for 12 and great grandfather of 4. He has been writing poetry since he was in eighth grade … then began to record his works on a tape recorder while driving to his health care clients’ offices. Over the years these were converted to typewritten form by his secretary … after accumulating 12 three ring binders full of paper versions, he began to convert them to digital, as he was retiring from his heath care accounting and consulting practice. This resulted in over 3,000 pages and 320,000 words in the five Wonders of the World books. He has also just released a book coauthored with his wife entitled “How to Live Forever, After” (12 Wedding Vows and Habits that have contributed to their 60 years of marriage).
328 printed pages
Original publication



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