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  • Hi Chuck,

    This ode is a thoughtful, emotional tribute to a fellow rider, and I really love the last stanza. The poem is great from start to finish, and at first I thought it was free verse, until I read back through it.  The rhyme is just enough to satisfy the reader, and subtle enough not to distract from the beautiful message.  Nice balance.  Well done.  Warmest regards,

    Chris applauded
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    Thanks mate.  I really love nature, too, and am lucky enough to live in such a beautiful place.  We don't have the ocean, but we have majestic mountains, gorgeous rivers, and breathtaking scenic surrounds.  Nearing 50, I much prefer rural living to life in a city these days.  Thanks for your warm comments on my poetry - much appreciated.  Wishing you all the best, my friend.  Kind regards, Chris
  • CJRyall
    10 days ago
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    I can feel the breeze and hear Taps being played, as I read this wonderful ode to the men who have died for our freedom.  This is a masterful poem, my friend, and one can't help but be moved by the emotions that you write of in the last stanzas.  A great piece.  Well done.  Best wishes, mate.  Chris
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  • CJRyall
    10 days ago
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    on a reply to Thoughts of You - CJRyall
    Hi Chuck!  I've written romantic poetry before of course, but this one wasn't about Mandy.  LOL.  This was about my first serious girl friend.  We are friends on Facebook, and she recently broke up with her cheating partner.  I felt sorry for her, and of course, one always keeps a flame in their heart for their first love.  That's where this came from.  Heh.  Love=life=love.  Regards, Chris  :-)
  • CJRyall
    10 days ago
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    on a reply to The Mockers - CJRyall
    Thanks Chuck - I've taken some time off since March, and have had the time to look around and reflect on the world, and to think about my life and my faith.  Perspective requires breathing space, patience and time.  I'm glad that this is beginning to show in my poetry - I thank you for your kind response.  Best wishes,  Chris  
  • oldrhymer
    6 months ago
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    You have said it well, Chuck. The picture brings so many thoughts to my mind and you have described many of them. I really liked the stanza that said "Circling above the ocean spray
    among dark clouds on a half flag day.
    The eagle cries and calls in dismay.
    Another Hero dies today". Thanks for your words.
    Don

  • CJRyall
    9 months ago
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    Thanks very much, Chuck.  Mate, you've written many wonderful poems, and I certainly can't write about war/soldiers/honor the way you do.  I'm grateful for your feedback, my friend.  Have a great weekend, take care, and best wishes.  Kind regards,  Chris
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    davidwright
    9 months ago
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    Well done Chuck I apologize for not visiting and commenting on your poetry.  Next time you're on the site give me a heads up I'd like to speak with you about the group Cowboys and Cowgirls.

     

    Happy trails,

     

    David

  • Most definatly
  • If all those  who believes  war is a waste then our  world  would  be run by thugs  and  tyrants .No freedom would  be found no joy for in order  to keep this country safe  drom such evil our soldiers stand  on the  edge of hell every day to stop  the violence  from entering  our country . Those who are evil cares  not  what age  they kill they care not if they are innocent  or guilty all they want is control . I agree this  country has soldiers  everywhere in the  world and  I feel they  should be brought home to protect  us right here from the  tyrants . For  the  gangs  in this  country have  gotten so bad its  almost as bad here as it is  afar . Destruction is taking over without  anyone  to stop it so how long will it be before  what is  happening there becomes  our everyday life where  the skies  are filled  with  dust and  debrie and  the building are shattered in all directions who will stop the violence  if it werent  for our  soldiers and  the people  who stand  by them
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    mcheadle
    1 months ago
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    Reading this makes the heart weak .  For so many  have died this way alone and so afraid. Many everyday alone, die so alone and the wish of a friend  here on earth.   Yet their friend  waits  for them on the other side...mac
  • CJRyall
    1 months ago
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    Hi Chuck,

    That's an awesome poem, mate.  It sounds like you've been reminiscing some.  I really like the simplistic structure of this poem, and the consistent rhyme form, which combined with the content in this case gives the piece a sombre and piercing tone.  It's masterfully done.  Warmest regards,
  • Amen my friend  amen indeed and  as I  was told  by my father  as a child so is it  in civilian life as well there is no hjob to small for it takes  us all to make this world  function as a whole . I pray for all who enter  the military of their  choice for their  bravery and knowledge  to  help this country stay safe  and fee . Bravo to this  write
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  • A very moving poem Chuck , the language you used was a nice homey touch.
    Good days brother and happy trails.
  • Hey Brother Chuck,
    Outstanding my Friend! Have been to over 300 missions over the past 6 years, this is the Best and Patriotic Organization I've ever had the privilege to belong to!!
    All the best my Friend,
  • CJRyall
    a year ago
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    Such a fine and honorable poem, Chuck - very moving. I pray that in time, even the dissenters can understand just what sacrifices soldiers have made in dying for their country, and what courage it takes to fight for freedom, including that of the people who do not understand war. So many people owe their lives and freedoms to these soldiers. It's great that you participate in the PGR mission, and I am impressed by the poem you have written about it. Warmest regards,

    Chris
  • F-111
    a month ago
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    That is a very emotional piece. I'm proud of you for doing such a brave thing. Really, that's something! My neighbour was reading over my shoulder and he cried, but in a good way!
    Well done!
  • oh yes, thank you for reading
  • CJRyall
    a month ago
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    on a reply to Time - CJRyall
    Thanks Chuck - much appreciated. Warmest regards,

    Chris
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  • CJRyall
    a month ago
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    Great poem, Chuck. It's probably the most erotic one that you've written, or at least that I have read. Only one thing stuck out (to me) as grammatically questionable, and that's the third line in your first par. Should that read, "You're mindless..." (instead of 'your')? A very enjoyable read, my friend. It sounds as though you're loving life. Wonderful. Take care and best wishes.

    Warmest regards,

    Chris
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    Ric
    a month ago
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    Hi Chuck, it was a little diddy mildly pokeing fun at a few on here and sticking up for another, the poke'es took offence. I'd do it again if given the chance, it brought me great pleasure.
  • Very good write! You get a sense of fun here rather than blatant exposure. Sunday
  • Voss
    2 months ago
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    I saw this in the suggestion box~so I thought why not; I got the impression that he's proud to be able to please his partner.

    The only thing I didn't really understand was the "fumbled" part but I bet I can find the definition/meaning later.
  • CJRyall
    2 months ago
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    Oh man, that's awesome. I really love the brevity of the lines coupled with the depth of emotion shining through. Awesome effort, Chuck. You can be very versatile with your style of poetry, something I try to do but rarely succeed. Well done. Warmest regards,

    Chris
  • oldrhymer
    2 months ago
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    I could see that beach and feel those feelings.

 

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  • Detail is amazing. A beautiful beautiful piece. One of the few I've seen in a more story like form, but interesting in itself. Thank you

  • Well written here Chuck. Very emotional to comprehend what you just shared. Quite the disease that can take us anytime. THANKS!

  • The black font made this extremely difficult to read. I would perhaps suggest changing it to white or even silver. This paints a stark picture of a disease that takes the mind of so many. I have known a few people with this disease and have seen the effects it has on family and friends as well. There is such a deep sense of frustration for everyone involved but love is a bond that can't be broken. Well said Chuck.
    ¢¾ Touchof1der

  • meandmypen
    2 days ago

    speechless

    word-on-word!


  • kvwriter silver member
    March 24
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    on I am a Reason! by kvwriter, on March 24
    Thank you, Chuck. I sure hope it's a winning entry! That would make more than my day.

    Be careful on that bike. Always worry when I see that picture. Great picture! Just a bit tensing. Lol.
    Love to you!
    Kelly

  • malmadre gold member
    March 23
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    on Tears by Chuck Johnson, on March 23
    The image which you have vividly described here applies to most of us and it doesn't matter which side of the bars you are on, life is hard. I am touched by your poem and also touched by some of your comments to others, especially about how the mind cannot be free to disassociate, even when the body is imprisoned, the deviance that brought about the lock up is still there just as sick, waiting to get out. Thank you for a worthwhile contribution...

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  • O.o
    March 23
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    This is such a beautiful piece of writing. Your description is so detailed and intricate it puts a picture in my mind When you were talking about bug bites I started itching all over! Man! I'm still itching! You are an amazing writer, this piece of writing should be published! It explains the journey you made to perfectly. I am, however, struggling to see how it links back to your last piece of work. It sounds more like a description of our world, not the world you created in part 1. Its no surprising , because it must have been difficult trying to create a piece of fiction from a world with nothing! I can see where this idea came from. Well done Applause for writing style alone!


  • kvwriter silver member
    March 22
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    on I am a Reason! by kvwriter, on March 22
    Thank you, Chuck. Any suggestions are welcome. And I am smiling and will be having more writing to read as I go along.

    You're a good friend . . . always have been.
    Love,
    Kel

  • Maureen silver member
    March 22
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    I love this poem! They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When it comes to beauty, you are gifted with 20/20 vision!

    Congratulations on all the trophies you have won with this beautiful poem!

    Maureen


  • Melissa Burns
    March 21
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    Thank you for entering my ever so humble little contest I enjoyed the read!

  • kvwriter silver member
    March 21
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    on Tears by Chuck Johnson, on March 21
    Goodness, Chuck! This poem bites in his sadness and truth. We can imprison ourselves within ourselves which, to me, is a fate worse than cold steel bars and concrete.

    I say to you, take many moments, without tears, to live, to really live. If words are truly powerful and I believe they are, then you are truly living!

    Be blessed. Love to you, Dear Friend!
    Kelly

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  • Leanna-bean
    March 21
    on Dog Town by Chuck Johnson, on March 21
    Wow this is really good. Very long but very good. Thanks for the entry and good luck!

  • Mark Rickerby gold member
    March 21
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    Thanks, Chuck. Actually, this is one of my personal favorites - one of the poems I re-read when I start to slip back into the quicksand of one of my darker moods. I'm glad you liked it, but not surprised, being that you are a nature lover like myself.

  • Mark Rickerby gold member
    March 21
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    Chuck,

    Sorry about the error re. the SEA tours. I have corrected that.

    Regarding your comment that it would be better to recognize others, I must respectfully disagree. You may feel that others are more "gifted" than you are. I feel the same way about myself. I tend to compare myself to the best - writers like Kazantzakis, Hesse, Hemingway, Twain, Steinbeck, etc., but as my own author page says, "I judge people by their heart, not their level of talent."

    Have you ever been to a play at a small community theater and ended up feeling more moved by the performances and the play as a whole than you ever were at one of the lavish Broadway productions? I happens to me all the time. Sometimes what an artist tries to do is enough, and ends up being more effective than some glossy, technically correct performance. Sometimes, an artist who is still humble, as you are, and who struggles to create great work, as you say you do, can produce work that is more profound than some "masterpiece" from a scholarly, self-assured, falsely humble poet. Bertolt Brecht wrote, "Passion without precision is chaos." I would add that precision without passion is boring. I'll choose passion over precision every time. Having a POINT is always important to me, too, which your poems always do.

    I'll steal another line from my infinitely long author page to further illustrate my point.

    "While these teachers said that we would appreciate poems much more if we understood the virtues of iambic pentameter, allusion, and the resonance of repetition, they would not have us dismember a poem's anatomy at the risk of its soul, or squeeze meaning from it at the expense of delight." (Bill Moyers)

    So just keep pouring your heart and soul into your poems, and I'll keep reading them, and I won't give a damn about an occasional technical error, just as I love and accept those closest to me for their beautiful qualities without obsessing over their imperfections. In fact, their imperfections often only make them dearer to me.

    Love you, pal.

    Mark


  • kvwriter silver member
    March 21
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    on Child of Grace by kvwriter, on March 21
    Thank you, Chuck, for dropping in and reading my work. Yes, I believe our lives are like ribbons of light illuminating the night and our souls are guided and very much needed.

    It's good to see you! Hope you are well and thriving. Love the motorcycle!
    Kelly

  • malmadre gold member
    March 20
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    on Touched by malmadre, on March 20
    Progress is closing in so fast, I am now less than a mile from city limits, they are clearing the hills and scraping them bare, preparing them for townhouses. What once was a shady glen looks like a moonscape, and they will probably name it 'shady glen'

  • Mark Rickerby gold member
    March 20
    on The Endless War by Mark Rickerby, on March 20
    Thanks, Chuck!

  • stavykm gold member
    March 19
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    on Tears by Chuck Johnson, on March 19

    Wow

    I've never been in prison just Disneyland Jail LOL Drunk in public at age 15. But for the grace of God there go I, right. My son spent time in jail and I've heard many of stories of Prison a jail by personal experiences. You did a wonderful job on this poem. for we can have a prison all within our selves. I so loved your poem here. Thank you for sharing your gift to write poetry with me.
    Wishing You Many Blessings
    Kelle Marie
    stavykm

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  • SereneAzure
    March 19
    Thank you for sharing!
    Very emotional and touching.
    Good luck in the contest!
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  • Mark Rickerby gold member
    March 19
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    on The Age-Old Dance by Mark Rickerby, on March 19
    ha! Sounds about as good as my day. When are they going to attach giant floats to fishing poles so they don't sink to the bottom if someone drops them? A little styrofoam would have saved that friendship! lol

    Thanks pal

    Mark

  • Mark Rickerby gold member
    March 19
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    Just revisiting this for a laugh. I can't believe you found a way to rhyme "garland". hahaha Christmas rules. I'm looking forward to having another one this July. (I always have a second Christmas during the hottest day of summer, just to cool off and tide me over until December. )

  • Mark Rickerby gold member
    March 19
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    on Warrior Sleeping by Chuck Johnson, on March 19
    GOLD -

    Did you know sound can be remembered?
    It can lay as heavy as a blanket;

    On the dreaming, silently screaming, warrior.

    "The touch of war and its raping memories" also tore me up. Great writing, buddy.

    Mark


  • Mark Rickerby gold member
    March 19
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    on Tears by Chuck Johnson, on March 19
    Interesting write, Chuck. I've been in a few prisons because my brother (God rest his soul) spent 8 years of his life there.

    I wish one mind could be downloaded into another because I'd love to know what you know. You've had a fascinating life so far. Thanks for sharing your unique insights and experience with us all. I've always appreciated your contributions here and to America and felt richer for knowing you.

    Mark Rickerby


  • Rheea gold member
    March 18
    on Tears by Chuck Johnson, on March 18
    you write the way you see that it is... me I have no idea how metal bars are?


  • TravelinPoets gold member
    March 18
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    on Tears by Chuck Johnson, on March 18
    oh boy, behind bars is so sad as I picture the hard way of life ,lets one suffer the most.. nicely written, but so painful to read,...keep sharing
    Moons


  • Lone Defender
    March 17
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    on Where is Honor by Chuck Johnson, on March 17
    Excellent work, friend. I only noticed one tiny thing to correct in the next to last stanza. 'Their' should be 'there.' Those two words are so blasted easy to confuse, especially when you're typing quickly or distracted.

    I loved this one.

    ...Will


  • Lone Defender
    March 17
    Nice work, mate.


  • Rheea gold member
    March 16
    I always come looking for you when I am wanting something to make me smile.


  • Mark Rickerby gold member
    March 16
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    Refreshing

    I can always depend on your writing to sing America's praises as it struggles to make "The Grand Experiment" a success. It is more common to hear from the always more vocal "blame America first" crowd, who see nothing positive about anything America does while enjoying its fruits and freedoms, and who secretly rejoice when America fails, because being right is more important to them than being patriotic, or actually doing something constructive to help the U.S.A. JFK would be pissed today at the state of the current Democratic party, and Democrat. i.e., "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." Seems all Dems do these days is piss and moan while providing no superior suggestions about how things might be done better.

    Thanks, Chuck. I hope you're doing well.

    Mark


  • brightredtulips
    March 16
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    The poem is a little disturbing, but it's alright I guess.
    I'm so glad you shared the editorial though, because lately it seems like lots of things in our country are going wrong, and it was nice to see some positivity.

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