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Beyond the Stillness and the Memories

Christenson, Jon M.

ISBN 10: 1932205691 / ISBN 13: 9781932205695
Published by Word Association, 2003
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Title: Beyond the Stillness and the Memories

Publisher: Word Association

Publication Date: 2003

Book Condition:Very Good

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Beginning in the early 1970’s I wrote down my thoughts concerning the world around me. Eventually my words took the form of poetry. While serving as a United States Marine during the Vietnam War, I began to write my thoughts and feelings about my experiences. It seems that I came out of that war with a deep sense of loneliness. Sometimes I would get a feeling or a sudden chill. It was as if someone, or something, was touching me; with an ice cold hand right upon my heart.

Through the years I have matured and come to appreciate life and myself especially. As I have learned to love myself, I was able then to love others. I Love My God, Family, and Country. I would do anything my Country asks of me. I am so proud to be an American.

I was born into a very large family. I have nine brothers and three sisters. Only eight of my brothers are still living. Raymond, the oldest, was killed at the age of nineteen in a training accident. He was serving in the United States Marine Corps. Though I was only three years old at the time of his death, it seems that my life was changed because of him. I made the decision to enlist in the Marine Corps when I was eight years old. It was as though I needed to prove to myself and my family that I was going to be someone to be respected one day.

The stories I have written are taken from my own life experiences and from stories that were told to me by other Marines and friends.

My poetry is just the product of something that comes naturally. I get real strong feelings that sometimes wake me in the night and I need to write those feelings down. I write poetry about several different subjects: Love and Romance, Religious and Spiritual, and Patriotic.

So many things and people have touched me in my life. Some have made me stronger. Some have taught me about love.

Sometimes I stop and wonder where my poetry comes from. But I know deep inside that my God has blessed me with the abilities I have for writing.

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