Hello, Guest!
Member’s Local Time

USA-EST

UK

South Australia

Your Personal Poetry Quote

WhatDoYouThinkPOLLS

Latest topics
» Happy Halloween !
Mon Oct 30 2017, 19:24 by Sue McDonald

» Friends Forever
Mon Oct 31 2016, 13:52 by RichieO

» Sundays
Wed Sep 14 2016, 13:55 by RichieO

» The Night Star
Wed Sep 14 2016, 13:44 by RichieO

» Mr Jeff Kernich
Tue Aug 09 2016, 23:56 by Sue McDonald

» For the ''Little Ones''
Tue Aug 09 2016, 21:42 by Sue McDonald

» R.I.P Mrs Jackson
Mon Aug 08 2016, 04:55 by Sue McDonald

» Desperate Dementia Times !
Sun Jul 31 2016, 02:15 by Sue McDonald

» Happy 60th Dear Sue
Wed Jul 06 2016, 07:43 by Sue McDonald

» Happy 6th Birthday Gabrielle
Wed Jun 15 2016, 18:17 by BC Williams

» Two Hearts Will Beat As One
Sun May 15 2016, 07:25 by Sue McDonald

» A Field
Sun Nov 29 2015, 20:42 by BC Williams

» It never goes away
Mon Jul 13 2015, 08:23 by Lucie

» If life were a drawing !
Mon Apr 27 2015, 00:32 by Sue McDonald

» Looking for Mum !
Wed Apr 22 2015, 00:43 by Sue McDonald

» The Old house On The Hill
Wed Feb 18 2015, 05:11 by Sue McDonald

» 40 Valentine Day's
Sat Feb 14 2015, 07:10 by Robert Anderson

» Galleon
Sun Oct 19 2014, 01:29 by RichieO

» shame
Thu Oct 09 2014, 12:38 by Lucie

» Robe of Righteousness
Thu Oct 02 2014, 16:47 by Cheryl Brickner

» Kassandra Phae
Sun Sep 07 2014, 07:53 by Lucie

» Happy Birthday !..So ! Now Your Eighteen !!
Fri Jun 13 2014, 21:19 by Sue McDonald

» Baby Gabrielle
Thu Jun 05 2014, 07:09 by peewee

» A Four Year Old Princess !
Wed Jun 04 2014, 23:41 by Sue McDonald

» Indian Tribe
Fri May 23 2014, 02:13 by RichieO

» Always there for me
Sun May 11 2014, 08:34 by peewee

» Talking to God
Tue May 06 2014, 03:35 by peewee

» Look Out !
Sat Apr 26 2014, 06:55 by Sue McDonald

» For those who know....
Tue Apr 15 2014, 18:51 by mikeschultz

» Post-Chemo Blues
Tue Apr 15 2014, 18:47 by mikeschultz

» Waves
Mon Apr 14 2014, 21:39 by RichieO

» Is this the last act?
Mon Apr 14 2014, 09:03 by Lucie

» Walk of Memory !
Mon Apr 14 2014, 08:51 by Lucie

» weather beaten
Mon Apr 14 2014, 08:26 by Lucie

» In Memory of Delrae Keough
Fri Apr 04 2014, 14:05 by mikeschultz

» Stray Cats and Yard Dogs
Fri Apr 04 2014, 14:01 by mikeschultz

» From the Thief on the Cross
Sun Mar 30 2014, 07:42 by mikeschultz

» my life in a grain of sand
Tue Mar 18 2014, 13:22 by Lucie

» Kiss
Fri Mar 14 2014, 20:28 by RichieO

» Better Living Through Modern Chemistry
Fri Mar 14 2014, 12:16 by Lucie

            

Decompression

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Decompression

Post  mikeschultz on Wed Mar 07 2012, 09:47

He always said, “When the end comes
and civilization collapses,
I will be a rock,
for I will be on familiar ground.”

I too have known death and destruction,
Grayback, Mt. Pinatubo,
an “accident” and an eruption, a festering,
running sore on the face of the Earth

with putrescent magma.
Six feet of ash fell as rainy mud,
tearing every branch from every tree.
Buildings collapsed with the weight,

people inside buried alive,
suffocated and killed they lay waiting
to be found and properly buried,
and that’s where we came in.

And on a routine exercise
in the South China Sea, five divers died
aboard the Grayback,
in the launch and recovery chamber.

One, a dear friend and shipmate,
a fellow submariner and scuba nut,
I performed CPR on him for three hours;
Until told by the doctor to stop.

We locked out their bodies
through the double hatch, folding them
inside with their foreheads on their knees,
as if napping, or in prayer.

Ordered not to talk,
the silence was more than traumatic,
cumulative like radiation,
the unbearable burdens created by stress.

And then we began our slow ascent
back to the surface, so to speak.
For thirty hours we rode that chamber, silent,
decompressing from our bottom time.


Michael Schultz © March 7, 2012 (0845)
avatar
mikeschultz

Posts : 503
Author Credits : 942
Accolades : 13
Join date : 2011-11-11
Age : 64
Location : Crooksville, OH

Back to top Go down

Re: Decompression

Post  BC Williams on Wed Mar 07 2012, 12:02

Oh my lands, what a terrible thing Mike. I knew there were 'things' in your past that haunted you. I commend you for finally breaking that vow of silence, as it's good for the soul to do so.

Awesome writing, my friend!

bev
avatar
BC Williams
Founder
Founder

Posts : 1560
Author Credits : 2109
Accolades : 7
Join date : 2010-07-29
Location : Lakeland, Florida

http://www.bcwilliams-author.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Decompression

Post  mikeschultz on Wed Mar 07 2012, 14:15

Thank you, Bev.

I'm a regular haunted house of ghosts. affraid

Thanks for your vote of confidence, though. I have been struggling of late to say the things I need to say. At times I must give in to the pressure to write what I know best - my pain. I am not so shallow as to think my pain is unique to me, though my circumstances are a bit more bizarre than most. I realize how my pain is universal and that so many of us feel the desperation of an out of control life. The pain of knowing and not being able to do anything about it - that hurts most. Writing is doing something about expressing hurts, as with my artwork and my music they help to ease the pain.

Thanks again, Bev. Good Writing.

Mike deep thought
avatar
mikeschultz

Posts : 503
Author Credits : 942
Accolades : 13
Join date : 2011-11-11
Age : 64
Location : Crooksville, OH

Back to top Go down

Re: Decompression

Post  BC Williams on Wed Mar 07 2012, 14:24

So . . . your soul prefers to write from a place of grief? I'm stilled in my poetic voice, and I swear, it's because I'm so contented with David. It's limiting, to say the least.

And Mike, no - you are not a shallow person at all. I wish you could share more of yourself here, had a Youtube of your 'other' art form, music. Think it might be possible?
avatar
BC Williams
Founder
Founder

Posts : 1560
Author Credits : 2109
Accolades : 7
Join date : 2010-07-29
Location : Lakeland, Florida

http://www.bcwilliams-author.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Decompression

Post  mikeschultz on Wed Mar 07 2012, 14:46

Hi Bev,

It is not so much a preference as an urgent necessity to purge the sources of the pain from which my soul seeks to write. It becomes a matter of few options otherwise.

About the other forums, I have a song on YouTube, but I had a friend helping me to do all that and he's no longer around. I also have a trio (MR G) and we sing several times a month not counting our weekly practices.

My art is on hold at the moment due to hand shakes due to the meds I take.

By the way, I saw Pee Wee's "Gentle Reminder" and aplogize if some of my pieces of late have been on the dark side. Though I would not classify anything I've done as "Black," I shall take the reminder to heart and be more careful of what I submit in the future.

Thanks again,

Mike
avatar
mikeschultz

Posts : 503
Author Credits : 942
Accolades : 13
Join date : 2011-11-11
Age : 64
Location : Crooksville, OH

Back to top Go down

Re: Decompression

Post  BC Williams on Wed Mar 07 2012, 15:22

Mikemikemike . . . I have been away for a few weeks and not gotten around the board reading and commenting on everyone's work. BUT, I can assure you, you're work is far from dark. You don't worry, and just keep writing. That's what this place is for. Peter is just covering the bases; we've had folks in the past that have posted some really dark, thought provoke(ing) pieces. We've no one here at present posting these sort of pieces, but it's nice to list this, as we may have poets come along in the future.

Tell you what, you give me a link to that YouTube video, and I'll get it posted here for all to listen to:-)

Hugs
avatar
BC Williams
Founder
Founder

Posts : 1560
Author Credits : 2109
Accolades : 7
Join date : 2010-07-29
Location : Lakeland, Florida

http://www.bcwilliams-author.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Decompression

Post  mikeschultz on Thu Mar 08 2012, 09:33

Hi Bev,

It took me a minute to find it but it's called "A Soldier's Lonely Cry". It's the first poem or song I wrote. I was sixteen and looking at the draft for Viet Nam.

Thanks, Bev. It will mean a lot to me for everyone to see this and more importantly to hear the song. It was a very hot day in a friend's unairconditioned studio. Great afternoon, though.

Looking through the files, I found a second song "I'm Coming Home" written while in Guam (1991) about to retire and come home to the States after three years out of country. I recorded this one from my webcam in my study.

Thanks again.

Mike
avatar
mikeschultz

Posts : 503
Author Credits : 942
Accolades : 13
Join date : 2011-11-11
Age : 64
Location : Crooksville, OH

Back to top Go down

Re: Decompression

Post  BC Williams on Thu Mar 08 2012, 09:53

For those wanting to hear (and see) our Mike, please see this topic:

Let Me Introduce Mike Schultz, Musician


Last edited by BC Williams on Thu Mar 08 2012, 10:57; edited 1 time in total
avatar
BC Williams
Founder
Founder

Posts : 1560
Author Credits : 2109
Accolades : 7
Join date : 2010-07-29
Location : Lakeland, Florida

http://www.bcwilliams-author.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Decompression

Post  mikeschultz on Thu Mar 08 2012, 10:25

Thank you so much.
avatar
mikeschultz

Posts : 503
Author Credits : 942
Accolades : 13
Join date : 2011-11-11
Age : 64
Location : Crooksville, OH

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum