Humanist Poet Walter Rinder

Posted by: Margie Babon


Yesterday, I went to a surplus book shop and found a book entitled, “Love is an Attitude” by Walter Rinder. I was amazed by the collection of prose and photographs contain in this book which was published in 1970 and followed by more publication in series of month’s in 1971.  Though the book is already used and in black and white photos, I find it a genuine treasure considering I bought it only for a dollar. As I scan the pages, I can’t avoid asking, “How can this man compose a poem beyond the thinking of a human being?”

It is a privilege to know and get inspired by this man Walter Rinder. His work contains nothing but greater depth of understanding the different aspect of life with unconditional love in his heart. Every verse of the poem is soulful; every sentence of the essay is celestial.

As what Alan Richards commented,

Walter Rinder’s works are a labor of love, for his whole life has been dedicated to doing his best to express what is often inexpressible in human language: the unconditional love of God that embraces and is within All That Is.  “Love is everywhere.  It is the night sky where the stars smile… It is a seed nourished by two human beings.”  Great sages like Rinder, Shakespeare, and Rumi express their heart’s desire: to return to God, to return to Love.

Featured here is one of his essays entitled Spectrum of Love which became a phenomenal book that was published in 1984.

If only people around the world act and think like a person in this essay, perhaps, there would be no divorce and broken relationship. Every one act out of love, understanding, true joy and peace.

May the wisdom and lessons you will find herein help you to seek inner truth and lead you towards unconditional love to God, to the humanity and towards yourself. 


Spectrum of Love

“I Love You.”

There is a much greater motivation than simply my spoken words.

For me to love, is to commit myself, freely and without reservation. I am sincerely interested in your happiness and well being.

Whatever your needs are, I will try to fulfill them and will bend in my values depending on the importance of your need. I f you are lonely and need me, I will be there. If in that loneliness you need to talk, I will listen. If you need to listen, I will talk. If you need the strength of human touch, I will touch you. If you need to be held, I will hold you. I will lie naked in body with you if that be your need. If you need fulfillment of the flesh, I will give you that also, but only through my love.

I will try to be constant with you so that you will understand the core of my personality and from that understanding you can gain strength and security that I am acting as me.  I may falter with my moods. I may project, at times, a strangeness that is alien to you which may bewilder or frighten you. There will be times when you question my motives. But because people are never constant and are as changeable as the seasons, I will try to build up within you a faith in my fundamental attitude and show you that my inconsistency is only for a moment and not a lasting part of me. I will show you love now. Each and every day is a lifetime. Every day we live, we lean more how to love or neglect it, for if I wait until tomorrow, tomorrow never comes. It is like a cloud in the sky, passing by. They always do you know!

If I give you kindness and understanding, then I will receive your faith. If I give hate and dishonesty, I will receive your distrust. If I give you fear and am afraid, you will become afraid and fear me.    Will give to you what I need to receive.

The degree of love I give is determined by my own capability. My capability is determined by the environment of my past existence and my understanding of love, truth and God.  My understanding is determined by my parents, friends, places I have lived and been. Each experience is fed into my mind from living.

I will give you as much love as I can. If you will show me how to give more, then I will give you more. I can only give as much as you need to receive all I can give, and then my love is endless and fulfilled. If you receive a portion (part) of my love, then I will give others the balance I am capable of giving. I must give all that I have, being what I am.

Love is universal. Love is the movement of life. I have loved a boy, girl, my parents, art, nature. All things in life I find beautiful. No human being or society has the right to condemn any kind of love I feel or my way to expressing it, if I am sincere being the honest realization of myself without hurt or pain for my life or any my life touches.

I want to become a truly loving spirit. Let my words, if I must speak, become a restoration of your soul. But when speech is silent, does a man project the great depth of his sensitivity. When I touch you, or kiss you, hold you, I am saying a thousand words.


“Love is an Attitude”  (Book Review)

Rinder is apparently the biggest thing in poetry since the McKuen of “Stanyan Street and Other Sorrows.” – William Hogan, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 January 1971

“It is what this society of ours need, an awareness of love, truth and God.” – a Kentucky nun

“You have put the very core of my being into form I have been struggling with for a quite some time.” –an Oakland, Calif. woman


About Walter Rinder 

Walter Rinder was born in the late thirties under the astrological sign Gemini in Chicago and grew up in that city of, New York and Los Angeles. He left home to work his way around the U.S. taking jobs as bellhop, soap salesman, theater set builder, ranch hand, and landscape artist’s aide. He studied psychology at Phoenix College and Arizona State University, worked in painting, and turned on to photography, posters and poetry in San Francisco. He attributes his real knowledge and awareness to his traveling and reading. His color work has been exhibited in his own North Beach gallery as well as Kaiser Center in Oakland, California; Elmwood gallery in Berkley and San Francisco art festivals.


“The magnitude of love achieves is measured by its strength of giving, perception of understanding, faith of  purpose through the passage of time.”- Walter Rinder



About the Author

Margie Babon was given a privilege to be a wildlife photographer in 2006 that let her choose to become a vegetarian for seven years now. Has background in film making as a producer and researcher on the plight of Agta-Dumagat documentary film Children of the Mountains that garnered the 2005 Mark Haslam Awardee  in Toronto, Canada. Sharing her passion in photography, drawing & creative writing  is a great opportunity to express her wisdom which is beyond academic teaching career of more than five years in College of Architecture and School of Fine Arts.



3 Responses to Humanist Poet Walter Rinder

  1. Léonardé Andréas Michélangéllé Bonét says:

    I have searched many poets to discover various meanings of love, life,truth, God and Beauty;yet, I still return to Walter Rinder’s writings to be mesmerized by the detail wisdom of his love stories of truth, that reveals an essence of excitement and deep inner contents of the soul, to be appreciated. He is a timeless poet of the gods whose endless journey of life is portrayed as a source of profound insights. My heart always surrenders to his love for words of his own innate soul of profound grandioso version of existance.
    May he forever live eternally, as an artist of the Belovéd.

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  3. Léonardé Andréas Michélangéllé Bonét says:

    I fell in love with Walter Rinder’s prose,poetry, ad essays over 35 year ago. His mastery with words are breathe taking. His love for life is astounding. His artistry of living is the creative genius of God’s divinity in motion. I’ve shared his genius with many people down thru the years. Now I get to comment on the love of an artist of life, whose thoughts radites with the soul. Thus, I would like to thank Walter Rinder for such love of gentle thoughts are portayed thru his life’s passions. Thank-you kind sir for breathing life into life, and for being my companion of the soul.

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