A Life Chronicled in Poetry is a collection of poems, verses, song lyrics, journal entries and some philosophical ideologies compiled by the Author. There are also three short stories which help illustrate some of the Authors' own anxieties and issues as well as those possibly suffered by fellow combat veterans and other victims of life changing traumatic experiences. Through-out, the style of writing remains the same for the most part. There are the typical rhyming verses which attempt to set a rhythm for the story or event. Of course some are very simple and leave no doubt as to the meaning and or lesson. Others are fantastical and hopefully open the mind to other dimensions and possibilities. The reader may find that he or she is over-whelmed with a multitude of feelings as they are caught up in this poetic journey. Some of the writings may appear to be bold and morally or ethically challenging. It wound be unfair to not share the many varied dilemmas faced by the Author as they applied to 'his-story'. The Author has no under lying goal or agenda with these published works. All that is between the pages is for the spiritual edification, life guidance and simple enjoyment of the reader.
At the time of its publishing this book has now found a new purpose. The Athors' dauther, Jennifer Tennille Prater was killed in a terrible motor-cycle accident along with the driver. She was to turn 24 years years of age in May 2007, just two short months after she was taken, to be our Guiding Angel. This book is now dedicated to her and her memory, and is the first book of what the Author hopes will be many more.