A Tribute to the Man from Chato's Land
by Vicky Bowker Jeter
Monday, September 01, 2003
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For Charles Bronson
Potential talents were up for grabs
in my formative years;
creativity was an alter-dimension.
To pallet, canvas, pen and pad
I could not have paid less attention.
I was all "Barbie," and Hide and Seek,
watching my seasons come and go.
My most favorite thing about weekends
was the Popcorn at the picture-show.
Then, one day when I was ten
the Muse played her far-distant hand--
gone to the movies like usual--
suddenly I AM IN CHATO'S LAND!
I have never felt anything like it;
captivated from beginning to end;
a Master's Direction enlights it. . .
He IS this Apache Indian.
The reel done, sensitivities stirred,
for I had seen him in few other parts;
planted seeds in rich soil tilled.
HIS ACTING had stolen my heart!
Far more than just a puppy-crush,
it is his studied grace I loved.
He awoke me to art in the artist
as natural as flight in the dove.
So, regardless the title,
have I studied him
to gleen how he did what he's done;
numberless times have I watched him
in "The Mechanic", "Chato" and "Red Sun"
If he could know how he inspired me--
a fledgling sculptor of words,
he would know doubtless
there are countless more like me--
thus, the highest artist's calling
has he served.
Vicky Bowker Jeter
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|Reviewed by Birdie Houston
|Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader)
|Excellant Tribute Vicky, and for a excellant actor!
|Reviewed by Kay P Devenish
|I loved him too,he was just devine.
An excellent poem thanks for writing it.
|Reviewed by Sandie Angel
|Wonderful tribute to a great actor! I enjoyed this.
May Lu a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
|Reviewed by Amor Sabor
|Charles Bronson was not the pretty boy type but he was everything a man should be. My favorite movie was "Once upon a time in the West" with Claudia Cardinale and Henry Fonda. Your tribute to him is excellent for he truly was one of a kind.
|Reviewed by Melissa Rives
|Wonderful tribute to a great actor.|
|Reviewed by jude forese
|Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen
|Wow, this is great, Vicky! I could feel your passion and the sense of drama from the cadence gives it more punch! :)|
|Reviewed by James David Compton (Reader)
|My favorite of his movies was "Hard Times".
One of a kind -
we seem to be losing a lot of those this year.
|Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie
|This was an excellent tribute to a fine actor, so beautifully written,
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|Excellent tribute, I enjoyed many of his films, and he was a great husband who saw his wife Jill through years of cancer, with loving care|
|Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
|Although he didn't affect me as he did you, still he was a part of my life because Charles Bronson was a man's man, an oft, overused word, but in his case it was absolutely true. Great tribute.|