Poetry By Chuck




Where do I find
In this heart of mine

A reason for war

Where lies the switch
In the life of which

We let the missiles soar

How do I explain
Its not a children's game

It’s a subject of such horror

To a child
So without guile

Wanting to know more

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Author's Questions/Comments
Keep it simple, yet deep.  Find a few words to keep.  Explore the place that we have gone.  Then bring your reader along...


 wishintreeUK on Feb 06, 2004, 5:09 p.m. 
"Home is where the heart is" 3156 critiques, 275 poems.

I love the way you have directed this poem, I have just read your notes above and what you say about bringing your reader along is so very true, I don't know why, but when I read a short poem, I tend to look more deeply into the wording, I guess it's just to make sure I haven't missed anything, therefore, I always tend to let my imagination work harder ... well done with this one Chuck ~Katie~   

 Chuck Johnson on Feb 06, 2004, 11:41 p.m. 
Just fade away. 572 critiques, 153 poems. Currently online.

Thanks Katie. Your thoughts are welcome any time. Very much appreicated.  

 agazeley on Feb 07, 2004, 7:22 p.m. 
Be Deserving 1248 critiques, 471 poems.
Verdict: Great

War summed up in a kind of Rap song . . Well done - Mind you there aren’t enough words in any language to explain away a war and the reasons for it - or why well meaning people love and hate their country at the same time . . I’m British and I find myself being patriotic and understanding mostly when I am overseas and critical when I’m at home. . .I have written enough poems about war to fill a book – and in most God is the central character – my most revealing poems are ‘Gods Soldier’ and ‘Gods Crying’ – nether of which were read or appreciated much on AP – I suppose we have a different audience here – Albert   

 Chuck Johnson on Feb 08, 2004, 2:40 
Just fade away. 572 critiques, 153 poems. Currently online.

You have my attention and I will soon look for these. Thanks for your comments which will always be appreciated.  

 kvwriter on Feb 11, 2004, 9:25 
Just Believe and it will happen! 4504 critiques, 108 poems.

Wonderful job here, Chuck! War is hard enough to understand, but to try and explain it to a child? This one went out of the ballpark! Great job! Chin up! Love, light and truth!--Kel    

 genielassie on Feb 13, 2004, 8:57 p.m.  
What is the weight of a solitary word? 5421 critiques, 181 poems.

As usual, this is a deep and compassionate write... It is relatively impossible to explain war to a child without paying some consequence for whatever the explaination is... We try to teach them to deal with life without vilolence, but then on the evening news and on the front pages of the newspapers, they see adults doing the exact opposite of what we are preaching. We can't very well expect them to understand when we say that there is a correct time to fight, and a correct time to make peace... It is confusing to adults, how can it be fathomed by a child? Extremely thought provoking. Best of wishes...~genielassie~  

cookie on Feb 20, 2004, 6:48 p.m. 
eat me 441 critiques, 17 poems.

I completely agree with you.Very nice way of explaining everything.Short and deep.Very nice write.

Fool no1 on Mar 15, 2004, 4:39 p.m. 
If Tomorrow Never Comes 1326 critiques, 157 poems.

"War is not healthy for children and other living things". How very right you are . Again an excellent piece of work, And to the point. Well done and thank for reminding me. Take care.  

 Chuck Johnson on Mar 15, 2004, 5:05 p.m. 
Just fade away. 572 critiques, 153 poems. Currently online.

Thank you soooo much! Can't think when I've ever received so many compliments. Very much appreciated..and the applause too!!

bound and broken 2 hours ago 
16 critiques, 2 poems.

Wow... I can't even imagine how that must feel to explain war to children. Great poetry always induces thought in individuals. And this poem did just that for me. Hense... it was a great poem. Thank you for sharing!