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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mike Mullins Shares His Inspiration for Healing

I thought I'd let you see some poetry by a Vietnam Vet who is still struggling with the physical results of that war. Poetry, for him, is an approach to leading a better and more creative life. See below the poem for his mini biography.




Another Sunrise


The sun has risen, about two hours high.

Another Sunday’s light shines in my eyes;

This day I promised an hour to the Lord.

Hmmm; is it an hour I can really afford?



By gum, I’d better roll out, better get up!

I owe the Lord for a whole lot of stuff.

Just last week I’d been wondering why

Good things happen to the undeserving

...such as I.



Too often folks see a casual Christian

When they hear me talk and laugh.

I am, but God knows my true mind.

Nothing escapes his all-seeing eyes.



Deep inside I see the hidden me, aware

That I am never all I should be… ever.

Laughter can chide the troubled soul.

It can also help it become a whole

….or so say I.



Our Lord blesses me; I feel His truth.

My friends, my church, my family too

Are all parts of His gifts to me, here.

In my pain they wipe away tears.



When I am laughing it is often at me.

It may be in that moment I feel free.

I share the serious things there too.

I even share my weakness with You.

…only at sunrise.
Mike Mullins, 8/25/09


Michael D. "Moon" Mullins, is the author of "Vietnam in Verse, poetry for beer drinkers." "ViV" won the Gold Medal for poetry, 2007, from the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA). The book is available on line from on-line Amazon, B&N, and B-a-M book stores.

It is available as an audio-book from the author. Please contact Mike at this e-mail address; mullins.m.1@comcast.net or via land mail at POB 456 Windfall, In. 46076.
Vietnam Veteran, Delta 3/7, 199th Light Infantry, '68-'69.

One dollar from either version goes to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Mullins is also Vice President of the MWSA.

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Carolyn Howard-Johnson wrote the foreword for Eric Dinyer's book of patriotic quotations, Support Our Troops, published by Andrews McMeel. Part of the proceeds for the book benefit Fisher House. Her chapbook of poetry won the Military Writers Society of America's award of excellence. Find it at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1599240173/

3 comments:

Donna M. McDine said...

What a heartfelt poem. Thank you for sharing.

Regards,
Donna

Poet Warrior said...

Thank you Donna. So many times words visit us and leave us with no choice but to share. Carolyn gave me a chance here to share them with many. Thank you and thank her for that opportunity.

kathy stemke said...

Thanks for your words and your service.