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Castle Chambers
Welcome!
You have entered my realm of poetry
Where my heart and hand collide
Emotions from the oceans of life
Are waiting for you inside!

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"Read from some humbler poet
whose songs gushed from his heart,
as showers from the clouds of summer,
or tears from the eyelids start;

Who, through long days of labor,
and nights devoid of ease,
still heard in his soul the music
of wonderful melodies."
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--Excerpt From: "The Day is Done"
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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'Remember Dec. 7th!' Poster designed by Allen Sandburg, issued by the Office of War Information, Washington, D.C., in 1942, in remembrance of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. The poster also features a quotation from Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: '... we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain ...'. Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Center. Donation of Dr. Robert L. Scheina, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941; Photographic montage prepared for the 30th anniversary of the attack, 7 December 1971. It is accompanied by a poem by JO3 Jim Deken, USN


In the darkest of moments
a nation is wounded,
rights herself
and pushes on.

Her wounds give her strength
and urge her on to victory.

Time passes,
the wound heals
but leaves a mark.

The mark is her reminder
of what has been and could be again.

She does not forget.


--JO3 Jim Deken, USN

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(In memory of our heroes, who sacrificed so much for so many!)

***Except for this index page, every page on my site contains background music especially selected to enhance your experience while reading each poem. The song will begin playing after you click each link. Please adjust your speaker volume. To stop the music at any time, click on the "X" in your browser once the page has loaded. To restart the music, refresh the page.***

A Poem Honoring 1st Lt. Therrel Shane Childers, first American ground combat casualty to die in the Iraq War First of the Few, The Proud, A Marine
A Poem for the Wives and Our Returning Soldiers Bring It on Home to Me!
A Poem on Our Fallen Soldiers in the Vietnam War They Are Here!
A Poem on Our Soldiers Fighting and Dying Overseas Behind Those Eyes
A Poem for Our Troops and Their Loved Ones Farewells and Welcome Homes
Especially at Mealtime Where My Heart Belongs
Two Poems For Our Soldiers and Veterans Wherever They Are For a Thankless Job and Before You Go
Brotherhood and Memories Trilogy for Our Veterans and Soldiers Brothers One/In His Eyes/Just Between You and Me
A Poem on the Atrocities and Effects of War War Garden Party
In the Aftermath of the War in Iraq Journey for Peace
Spiritual and Physical Battles in the Wake of War All Eyes Are on US and When Tyrants Rise Up
Two Poems Supporting the Troops in and near Iraq Still Much to Do/War Boys
A Poem on Peace versus War When Will We Ever Learn?
A Poem on the Effects of War on the Combat Infantryman No Room for Tears
Triple Salute to Our Vets Independence Day by Gary Jacobson/Welcome Home/Just Souls
A Poetic Duo on the Effects of War on the Soldier One Man's Dream...Stay Here With Me
A Memorial Poem in Honor of Our Vietnam Veterans For Our Boys Who Made It Home
In memory of those who sacrificed their lives so we may live free! A Field Full of Roses
Poem on the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial Reflections in Granite
The Soldier...the Sacrificial Man The Sacrifice
The Battle Within Having No Choice
Three poems from the heart and pen of a vet wife Unanswered Questions/Like a Thief in the Night/Regrets
From the Heart of Mother Until We Meet Again
Trusting in the Lord in the Face of War and Evil Trust

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small rose These next five war poems were written in my response to Gary Jacobson's Vietnam Picture Tour, where he has graciously flattered me by posting them to the poetry section of his moving website. Any of the next five links will take you to his site.....the Vietnam War as seen through the lens and poet's pen of a combat infantryman, with background music and action photos from the Vietnam War era.

Before you go, please bookmark this page so you can find your way back to read more of my poetry, especially the latest favorite of my readers, "Behind Those Eyes", a poem for our soldiers in Iraq and for their families anxiously awaiting their safe return.


The Power of the Soldier's Pen The Power of the Soldier's Pen
The War Will Go On The War Will Go On
A Grateful Heart A Grateful Heart
Someone Is Listening Someone Is Listening
Encounter At the Wall Encounter At the Wall

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The Terrorist Attacks on Americaone small rose


God bless whoever kept the following video online for 10 yrs.
It captures what I've tried to convey in my 9-11 poems.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this video is worth 1,000 tears, as well as making me proud to be an American.

Contains many graphic pics and background music. Took me 4 mins to download, but worth every minute. Go pour yourself a drink and come back. Brace yourself.

America - Attacked

Next, is a video of the World Trade Center Attack (from youtube.com)
Warning: Viewer discretion advised. Video contains graphic pictures.
Personally, I think the video should have been called:

OH, GOD!!!

The Horror Begins Silent Skies
The Horror Continues in Man's Inhumanity to Man Flames in the Sky
Poem on the WTC Recovery Site View from Ground Zero
Terrorism - Coping With the Loss The Battle for Peace
Remembering God's Promise A Brighter Tomorrow
Ground Zero...3 months later Quiet Power
Memorial poem for the Victims Amazing Grace
One Year Later...A Commerative Poem for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on the WTC, the Pentagon and The Passengers on Those Flights When September Morning Comes
We Are the Eagle...Born to be Free! Labor of Love
2003...Three Memorial Poems for the Victims Twin Towers...Where Was I September 11? and Silent Garden
On the Hole Left in America's Heart after the Attack on the WTC A Hole in My Heart, a collaborative poem by William Garvey and Nancy Meek
A Big Heart and A Big Pumpkin bring Big Smiles to The Big Apple Angels in New York...by William Garvey

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Welcome to my little lake A Place to Drown Your Problems
In Honor of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ A Carpenter By Trade
See the Earthlights at Night as You Read Let There Be Peace on Earth...Prayer For The New Year
Trusting in the Lord, Especially in the Face of War and Evil Trust
A Christmas Poem on the Birth of Our Lord and His mother, Mary You Had to Be There
Who is the Creator of Heaven and Earth? Tell Me!
Love, Spirituality and Meditation At the Edge of the Lake
Spiritual Love and Longing Still Hungry for You
There's a Miracle Reigning in the Leaves Enchanted Forest
A Spiritually Poetic Quest of Love and Longing In This Eternal Sea
Feeling God's Power God Has His Hand on You
In Search of Love There Is Love
'Til This Poet Runs Out Of Rhymes Baby, I'm Yours!
Romancing the Night Kissed by the Night
Groovy Love Song My One and Only You
Somewhere Over the Rainbow My Blue Heaven
Sharing in the Bliss of Eternal Love True Love's Ways
I Can't Keep My Mind Off Of You Crazy In Love
Reeling in the Dance of Love The Dance
Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Light Let There Be Light!
A poem about Real Spiritual Love Can You Feel the Love?
God's Precious Gift in the Garden of Life Love is Like a Rose
Love set Afire...A Poem on Insatiable Desire Flaming Love
A Defining Love Poem At This Moment

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A Poem and A Story In Loving Memory of My Father Daddy's Hands and The Big Kid's Slide
William Shakespeare and Edmund Spenser Favorite Immortal Poems
For a Precious Little Man My Shadow and Maybe Today
Abandoned Among the Leaves I'll Always See You There
No wonder I got Country Music in my genes! Country Music in My Genes...In memory of my parents

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Searching for That Perfect Gift Birthday Gift Quest A Fantasy Poem for the Birds! If I Were a Goose!
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small rose In my continuing effort to write on the effects of war, I invite you to visit the International War Veterans' Poetry Archives (IWVPA) of which I am very proud to be a member. The poetry on this site is a vast collection of poetry and prose composed and sent in by authors from every corner of the globe. I encourage you to spend some time here reading the poems on war, for war affects everyone to one degree or another.

My deepest gratitude goes to Anthony "Bushranger" Pahl, Australian Vietnam Veteran, talented and distinguished poet and former Door-Gunner with the RAAF, for his tireless efforts in designing and maintaining the archives.

Thank you, Tony! What would we do without you?

Your friend and fellow-poet, I am
Nancy "Lilripple" Meek


I have been chosen as the Top Poet at the IWVPA for March 2006. It is with great honor that I display the award graphic here. The graphic below will take you to the IWVPA Index of Honour Rolls and Awards.


IWVPA Index of Honour Rolls and Awards

My War Poetry Index at the "IWVPA"
My War Poetry Index at the International War Veterans' Poetry Archive

My Non-war Related Poetry Index at the"IWVPA"
My Non-War Related Poetry Index at the International War Veterans' Poetry Archives

"The International War Veterans' Poetry Archives (IWVPA) is a loose association of poets who are either veterans of war, the partners/ex-partners of veterans, or members of families who have experienced war and the effects of war at first hand. The tie that binds us all is our united love of poetry, and our experience of war."

__Captain Michael Subritzky-Kusza PIRB (rtd)
International War Veterans' Poetry Archives, President



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