Poetry By Chuck



This poem was honored with a reading at a church service in

Bagdad, Iraq, for our Troops, by a Soldier in the Green Zone.

Two Boots
Side By Side

Two Empty

Two Boots
No longer warm

Soldier boots
Battle scared

Too many Boots
Side by side

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Author's Comments
A war poem for the obvious reason.  The real reason to avoid war... two boots, two shoes, two ..or more.


compulsivegoose on Jan 08, 2004, 7:07 p.m. 
2 critiques, 1 poems.
Verdict: lovely

great imagery in what was left unsaid  

 Runawaytrain on Jan 25, 2004, 10:56 p.m. 
I think I can, I think I can- choo choo 3183 critiques, 58 poems.

OMG, this is powerful in is briefness, it is powerful in its images, and powerful in its repetition. Excellent work.  

Fool no1 on Mar 18, 2004, 3:07 p.m. 
If Tomorrow Never Comes 1226 critiques, 149 poems.

Few words, immense meaning.The last verse so very powerful!!! To many lives obliterated. When will we ever learn? Superb Chuck. Keep penning friend. Peace to you and yours....Mal.  

Apparition on May 30, 2004, 5:02 
A wish made..is a wish given 2217 critiques, 376 poems.

Just happened across this. So appropriate though, given that it is Memorial Day Weekend. The starkness and brevity of each stanza just seems to underscore the words. Very well done.

 Anasuya on Nov 28, 2005  
Woman Who Eats Man Skulls 5338 critiques, 119 poems.

To the point
I like that
in a poem

 mistic moonlite on Dec 20, 2005, 5:48 p.m.  
Family&Friends,in world that you can trust 3785 critiques, 489 poems. Currently online.

the emphasis on this poem the two boots,bloody and worn, hits right to the core of ones nerves,I Read some of your poety/ writes and loved what you wrote, appreciate this write as I know this is so true.I will most certainly be reading more and a friend will be as well.. thank you so much for entering and good luck in the contest..Linda

Ironfeather on Dec 21, 2005, 11:02 p.m. 
...hamstrung by the fangs of Cronus... 288 critiques, 39 poems.
Verdict: First Rate!

Amen, Brother! (Semper Fi!)

 LovinCharmer on Dec 27, 2005, 1:10 p.m.  
Let Your Immagination Reach For The Stars 285 critiques, 9 poems.

wartime memories are always in our minds, keep them close
for those we lost and remind us of what we have lost and gained freedom and security, and most of all our lives.. thanks for sharing with us Chuck..Andy  

 d-amour on Dec 29, 2005, 4:27 
leave hatred for those too weak for love 109 critiques, 21 poems.

wow so short and well said. This is really Great. Semper fidelis:-)  

gryphonpoet on Dec 30, 2005, 1:45 
109 critiques, 11 poems.

Powerful image that fills your eyes and your mind. Excellent work, man. Excellent work indeed! Congrats on the silver. :-)  

 Everglow on Jan 01, 4:17  
Life is like a story; you wirte your ending 149 critiques, 22 poems.

Sniff Wow, I am not sure I can see another pair of empty boots side by side. I want to ask permission to read this at a memorial in a week, With credit to you ofcourse.
Please email me at Armykat01
Semper Fi. Happy new Year, Hooah.

Author Comment:  Thank you so much Everglow for reading my poem at your church memorial for our fallen soldiers in Bagdad Iraq.  You  honor me more then I could ever say.  Hooah!  Check 6 Gal.