Poetry By Chuck







November 11th 2009

Will you love me
through the good times and bad
and those times when sad
Will you hold me
when illness grips my breath
and Cancer holds tight my chest

Will you love me
when angry and lost
and those times when I'm tossed
Will you hold me
as I return
to nightmares so earned

Will you love me
through nights so shell-shocked
our love may be blocked
Will you hold me
as my spirit flies
into blackened memory skies

Will you love me
when hatred burns
and my soul churns and spurns
Will you hold me
when fear grips my mind
causing tremors so confined

Will you love me?

Will you hold me?

When I'm lost....

Author notes

The dying doesn't end when the battlefield is only in his mind. They called it the "Dear John" letter in World War II, and "Jody" in Vietnam. Military marching chants tout the name. Warriors bring it home as close fitting as thier uniforms. "Will you love me?" They ask, without words.....

Cancer caused by Agent Orange is causing the death of dozens of soldiers from Vietnam each month. Time catches up with those who survived in a horrible way.

"Dear John & Jody": Goodby letters received from wives and girl friends. The Military has a chant:

You had a good home but you left / You're right
You had a good home but you left / You're right
Jody was there when you left / You're right
Your baby was there when you left / You're right
Sound off! / 1,2
Sound off! / 3,4
Cadence count! / 1,2,3,4,1,2...3,4!

They signed you up for the length of the war /

I've never had it so good before

The best you'll get in a biv-ou-ac /

Is a whiff of cologne from a passing WAC

Sound off! / 1,2
Sound off! / 3,4
Cadence count! / 1,2,3,4,1,2...3,4!

There ain't no use in going back /

Jody's livin' it up in the shack

Jody's got somethin' you ain't got /

It's been so long I almost forgot

Sound off! / 1,2
Sound off! / 3,4
Cadence count! / 1,2,3,4,1,2...3,4!

Your baby was lonely, as lonely could be /

Til Jody provided the company

Ain't it great to have a pal /

Who works so hard just to keep up morale

Sound off! / 1,2
Sound off! / 3,4
Cadence count! / 1,2,3,4,1,2...3,4!

You ain't got nothin' to worry about /

He'll keep her happy until I get out

An' you won't get home til the end of the war /

In nineteen hundred and seventy four

Sound off! / 1,2
Sound off! / 3,4
Cadence count! / 1,2,3,4,1,2...3,4!

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  • Debbydoes
    2 days ago 

    This one made me cry. My heart goes out to all of the soldiers out there who have suffered form the same thoughts, wondering if their love is true. Also to all of the women who have remained faithful and loving to their husbands and boyfriends.

    What a wonderfully heartbreaking write.



  • Raining Kisses

    2 days ago 

    This is excellent..really really gut wrenchingly raw so raw that its bleeding out...this is awesome....bravo


  • HopelessScr
    2 days ago

    another heart felt

    Poem and questions so worthy of an answer,I also read the notes and I often heard my family talk of their chants, and what an eerie feeling it was to hear, then to understand the emotions in any soldier or person thinking of the lasting effects on them..
    thank you for joining in and good luck

    November 9

  • Lovely, I love this poem. It's so heartfelt and really makes you reflect on how you yourself feel about your significant other. My best friend has a husband serving overseas right now and I can completely feel them in this poem. Great work!

  • Andi
    November 9

    shockingly heartfelt.
    very well done.
    i dont think I could write anything quite as good as this.
    well done and best of luck

  • SheneiseWilson
    November 9


    This poem was very moving! I love how the use of such simple words can really convey such strong emotions! Were you or are you in the military? The tone of this poem could only have been written by someone who has experienced that. Thank you for this glimpse into the world of a tattered soldier! Without the men and women who sacrifice all else to fight for our country, we wouldn't have the freedom that we do have! Great job and I hope to read more of your work in the future!

    • Chuck Johnson
      November 10

      Thank You

      I was in the US Army from 67-70, and the USAF from 1972 until retirement in 1988.

  • chelseacec
    November 9
    I really love this one. Haven't read many poems yet but i can tell that it'll take a while to find a better one. =]

  • sinkfloridasink
    November 9
    Ok...I've read pretty much all the featured poems today. This poem was by far the best one...honestly. Good job on this and thank you for putting something good up for us to read.


  • JustSam

    November 9
    AWWW this is a breath taking awesome writing... very deep in emotions and really true. thanks for sharing