Poetry By Chuck



The United States of America came into this world,
kicking and screaming against the oppression of a King.  
We fought our way into existence to hear freedoms ring.
When all else were ignoring our captivity and slavery,
we rose up almost to a man
and found the courage against all odds
to become a nation that takes a stand.  

When countries greedily assume our intentions are based on gain.  
When individuals mistakenly target us with adverse and sordid refrain,
we understand their ignorance, we are a nation that was composed in pain.
Our intentions are honorable not profitable, and greed is not our aim.  

Destroying another oppressor and freeing people to a life of freedoms reign,
is our desire.....and need not be explained.

To those who view everything in terms of money, power and personal gain.

Toss not that first stone, oppress not your peoples lives.  
Torture not, murder not, or your actions will soon fill our eyes.

Beware our focus and attention.  For  freedom is worth our lives.

Author notes

How can you understand us.  How little some of you do.  
How personal you assume our actions, and how could you be...so you.

Open your eyes to our intentions, not blind them to your personal vision.  
Toss away all those false assumptions.  Understand our love and wisdom.
Written July 2nd, 2004


  • BeautifulSorrow
    July 10, 2004
    I'm only 12 years old~So there's a lot about war that is beyond my young understanding~I'm sure there are alot of different motivations for war~not two will ever agree, I do believe that because we are free that we should not only share in our freedom, but also help those inneed,Though it's not for us to judge others,as we are not with out greed our selves,
    I myself do not believe that war is the answer,My Mom was born in Israel and raised until a teen, She often talks about what war is like, It seems to me that adults forget the main victims of war~The children...
    I really liked this poem, it is very thought provoking.

  • Chuck Johnson silver member
    July 4, 2004
    You attack without understanding. You advance with anger an opinion and you cover your tracks with mistaken intentions. I think you should again read what I wrote and realise that I have never heard the words "let freedom ring" before. That is a common type of misconception. I believe we all hold a responsibility towards humanity. To help anyone in need. How many lives does it take before someone, somewhere stops a mad man. Thanks for sharing.
  • poe-ette-ess
    July 3, 2004


    I agree that appreciating the freedom in ones country is necessary, but I do not believe it is necessary to free other people's countries.

    In an attempt to describe your opinion, the form was faulty, and you took Martin Luther King Jr's words and desecrated them (let freedom ring). There is no fact, no feeling, only opinion. Perhaps when you have enough practice, the focus of your feelings will be more pronounced.

  • Nahoks Translation
    July 3, 2004
    this is a great write, eventhough i wrote a song about a bad america but it deals with something totaly diffrent...i feel the same way so that's why i liked this, somebody with the same views...if you want to check out that song i wrote its called "censorship"...bye

  • Chuck Johnson silver member
    July 3, 2004
    The greatest tragedy is war, but so long as there is mankind, there will be war.
    The Art Of War

  • Chuck Johnson silver member
    July 3, 2004

    I remember that. I also remember the actions of the Iraq's who entered Kuwait. When you ask yourself about the motivations we hold. Ask yourself what your motivations are. Question not the motivations of others, merely ask them. Certainly peoples reasons for being there will be different. Certainly they have the right to those. But, dont classify your perceptions as our motivations, without asking. I do not assume yours.

    Nor do I lump all or even establish a "group" motivation. I ask. Funny isn't it how we all tend to lump people into our own catagories and assign them one motivation. Guess that is a human tendency.

  • h e a r t s
    July 3, 2004
    Despite the subject, which i will not comment on for i have not the liberty or the right to, i loved your poem. It was very powerful, good job, any kind of patriotism is a good thing in my eyes.
  • Secret Sue
    July 3, 2004
    well, as you could assume..it's impossible for me to even try to top all of those essay like coments left on this poem, so i will just say it in short, well written, thoguth provoking, adn very realistic.i enjoyed this poem VERY much, it was simply amazing!
    secret sue
    mandy sue

  • TheRainOfMySoul silver member
    July 3, 2004
    its good to see you stand up for our country but i have to say i disagree with this piece. maybe im just a naive kid, i dunno, but i dont believe in war, i would like to say that war is never the answer. though in todays society obviously that is stupid. this sounded to me...as if u r proud of what our country is doing. i dont know. im not dissing you its just i have different views. maybe i read this all wrong, but...i dont know. im not a soldier and i have not seen what is going on overseas but from what i know...im not proud of my country at the moment. this is the only time i can say i and dissapointed in my home.
  • CleverNameHere
    July 2, 2004 
    Firstly, I'd like to say the poem was very well written, you got your point across very nicely. The fact that my views are to the left of yours does not stop me from sending praise your way. However I'd like point out something. I have no desire to start a political debate here, but when you say we do not go to war for gain, I think you are wrong. In World War I and II we went to stop a conquering force in Europe. Korea and Vietnam we went to for issues of Containment-to limit Communism to it's sphere of influence and allow it to reach no further. However in recent years I believe our motives have somewhat changed. I'd like to quote a former U.S assistant secretary of defense's comment.On the motives for Operation Desert Storm (the precursor to everything happening right now in Iraq) Lawrence Korb stated "If Kuwait grew carrots, we wouldn't give a damn."

    Thats all I wanted to say. Once again, great poem, I applaud you for the expression of your views, despite the conflict to my own. Keep on writing. Once again Nice write.
  • kittyom
    July 2, 2004
    Yes.....freddom IS worth our lives.......and unfortunatley has taken the life of MANY, MANY brave soldiers in this wonderful country........thanks for sharing.........  ~~~~~~~~~~~~Stephanie~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

  • FlawedDestiny
    July 2, 2004
    I think it's good that you stuck up for the country and the president. Although, I do think we often have something to gain when we help out other countries. Even if it just makes us look better to others. Either way, this was pretty good.

  • melphleg gold member
    July 2, 2004
    Very good and patriotic write. You speak for our nation as a collective and pointed to our past and our pain. I think you clearly explain why freedom is so precious to us and why we desires others to enjoy it.

  • mot-poetry-ion
    July 2, 2004

    I like it a lot

    your poem is great. Its finally nice to see someone who supports the president and is writing out about it. (Get it? Writing out instead of speaking out.)Im a geek. ANYWAY! I like this poem it speaks volumes to every one of those radical lefties who have more than their healthy share of "Right Wing Conspeerios" for breakfast. Its nice to see someone write out about this and I hope to see more of it from you. Keep inking.

  • tinuelena silver member
    July 2, 2004
    First of all, you once did stand up for my country, and I appreciate that. Thank you.

    Secondly, this was a wonderful poem. What a tribute to the U.S. And what a statement. I'm glad to know there are people like you out there, that I'm not the only one who feels this way. It gives me great comfort that I'm not alone in my patriotism, my view on this Iraq conflict, and so much else.

    Truly I am speechless, and I know I'm just rambling, but I had to say something. And you are right: freedom IS worth our lives.

    Bless you for writing this.


  • Chuck Johnson silver member
    July 2, 2004
    But, like in my poem..The Old Gentleman...my time is in the past. Its YOU that I admire. Protect us. Watch out for us. Keep your collective eyes on the examination of all that you see. Keep a smile and find them before they kill our fellow citizens. When I see a uniformed policeman patrolling the streets, I'm reminded of the service. Danger is our past time and protection is our duty. Its YOU! not me. Thanks so much.

  • Touchof1der Moderators member
    July 2, 2004
    That's my friend and co-worker there, touchof1der. She's quite a lady. She slipped me a piece of paper with the title of this piece on it and told me I had to come read you. She promised I would not be sorry and I would love what I read. She's right - - - and trust me, I hate admitting that.  I take my hat off to you for writing such a powerful piece. I've never served in any of the armed forces, but I serve my country every day right here. Being in law enforcement, I pledge my life for the safety and well-being of others. Thank you for standing up for the country I love.

  • Touchof1der Moderators member
    July 2, 2004
    This is the most amazing and heartfelt write I have read on here yet. I have to admire and respect a man...anyone for that matter...that would take a stand for what he believes in regardless of what the tide says and regardless of what "popular" opinion might say. So many people are willing to sit back and form opinions based on whatever the majority says without digging into the issue themselves and looking honestly at both sides of the issue before forming any type of decision that is truly their own. This is my home...my land...my country and I am proud of the men and women who have made it their goal to protect all that is within it. Thank you for the privilege and pleasure of reading this. 

  • Chuck Johnson silver member
    July 2, 2004
    Some would point fingers and say that there are so many wicked things we have done in the past, why should we believe you now? The Native Americans, The Mexican Wars, The ... and so on. There has never been a country that has not gone to war for the wrong reasons. Probably never will be. However, with 21 years of Military service, I have not seen such in my life time. Our reasons, some may say are mistaken, are our reasons and in my experience I have never met anyone faced with the daily life of war who wanted to be there, or was there for profit. Soldiers are not lining their pockets with gold, carrying away women for their tribes nor bring back expensive hord. We endure the daily danger because we "believe" in what we are doing. Not for profit. We bring back the shattered minds filled with our friends deaths and suffer lifetimes of it. Profit? Not hardly. We went to war in Iraq for the same reason we went to war in Vietnam. Oppression, Rape, Torture, Murder, Dismemberment, Racism, Mass Murder. And most of all...
    Potential. The potential this madman posed to our and everyones security.

    I have walked the mountains overlooking the Atomic test sites. I have seen the damage ONE bomb can cause. I understand the "Potential" incredibly horrible suffering and death this weapon will do to our packed cities if just ONE terrorist gets ahold of it.

    The Nevada test site is situated in central Nevada and when a weapon is tested there... the buildings in Las Vegas rock on their foundations. The buidlings ROCK! If just one of these was used in New York or Los Angeles, there would be hundreds of thousands of deaths in a micro-second and many many more in the years to follow.

    If you meet someone at a party or social gathering and learn that he is a mass murderer, would you socialize with him. Listen to his assurances that he is "cured". Would you invite him home? Would you open your arms in welcome and turn your back on his activities?

    Iraq was a cesspool of "Potential". A mire of muddy water which sturred with violence and intentional mayhem.

  • Chuck Johnson silver member
    July 2, 2004
    If you feel you need to comment, but your eyes are filled with propaganda and lies.
    If you view our intentions with avarice and far left opinions and denies.
    Then refrain from adding your comment and spare us all your mistaken social ties.
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