Michael Yesterday I received my copy of "the book". I was reading through and your poem really stood out. It is truly fantastic, both technically and emotionally. Can I ask if it is in any way based on a real occurence? It is just so real. Like many others, I cried. This morning I showed my mother. She cried. We sat there blubbing away like a right pair! Well I am off to scan the pages for more of your work! Thank you for perhaps the best poem I have ever read! Sarah
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
...and I thank you for possibly the most heart-felt response I have ever received. Was it based on a real experience? Yes and no, I suppose. No....it didn't happen to me or anyone I knew. I simply drew on my experience as a Viet Nam vet to create it. Yes...because I'm sure it did happen, unfortunately, way too many times. Thank you, Sarah, very much for your kind words...Michael
Another very nice poem. I have read a few of your poems, and i have to say that they are very powerful and make me think about what life really is, and how fragile in this world it can be to break. This poem here pulled a tear to my eye.
a life lived unexplored is a life not worth living.
Oregon, Originally From Alaska
I read this before on your website, 'Deer... just coming here to tell you that I think it's brilliantly touching, which you no doubt already know... and that I'm putting it in my private library among several of your others...
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley
Yes indeed,worthy of a repost. There is a huge three sided bullentin board at work displaying letters and photos from service people in Iraq to whom we write and send packages. May I have permission to post this there? Best to you, you certainly know how to play the heart strings. best,marty
Incredible!!! I can't even begin to discribe the amount of emotion you brought to my eyes and heart. This was an amazing write, Deer!!! Thought I was going to go to bed, but find myself transfixed on finding more. Keep 'em rollin' off our pen...[I am glad that I have many more to catch up on ...I will probably never get through them all at the pace I am going...with the responding to every one, but they are all worthy of response! ]
Keepin' this one! -- Becka
Thank you. Your piece is hanging and sharing a space with photos and letters of some of the men and women "over there". A nice added touch.I hope many stop to read as they pass by.Your photo is right there on top side to give you credit. best marty
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Becka, thank you again, my friend. Writing for people like you is a pleasure Marty, what can I say? This is a great honor you have given me and I'll not forget it. Thank you so very much! (hope my pic doesn't scare them away!)
I read your poems and see your heart beneath that sunny facade. Incredible write, Mike....seems like a lame comment, but this one overwhelms me. It touches too close to home for many, and somehow I have a feeling it is very close to you.