In his poetry debut, Melvin L. Williams awakens the senses and challenges the psyche with a healthy dose of creativity that entices, entertains and beckons readers to re-examine their feelings and notions about life, love, tragedy and the routine of everyday existence that is so often taken for granted. In A Man of His Word, Mr. Williams effortlessly navigates from the obvious to the complex and back again in his delivery. He is brazenly candid yet coy, all while maintaining a steady voice that is uncompromising and intelligent, experienced and even sometimes cynical.
Sip on a hot or cool beverage and relax, and let Melvin Williams take you on an exhilirating ride that you won't soon forget. You won't be able to keep this precious jewel to yourself for long, and you'll come back again and again for more.
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"A Man of His Word," is a title interpreted by the author as a man of honor and a man of poetry. The book is a collaboration of a work that took four years to build, and written by a man who said it was possible through a collage of experiences, goals, and the ability to skillfully express his thoughts with a pen in hand.
Staff Sgt. Melvin Williams, 459th Civil Engineering Squadron utilities apprentice, spent the first 15 years of his military career as a "Devil Dog," 10 years on active-duty, then five years as a Marine Corps Reservist.
In 2006, Sergeant Williams transferred to the blue and joined the Air Force Reserve. "I started out busy, and I like to just keep going," he said.
Sergeant Williams is currently enrolled at George Mason University.
After obtaining a bachelor's degree in biology, Sergeant Williams plans to enroll into a master's program studying neurology with long term-goals of becoming a neurologist.
"As a result of everything that I'm involved with, people refer to me as the renaissance man," said Sergeant Williams.
Writing at first for pleasure, the sergeant said his talents evolved into a chronological poetic-journal of life, transforming those experiences into motivational poetry for friends and family.
Sergeant Williams' book was published in January.
My feelings -- what I was going through when writing a poem, is what I expressed, Sergeant Williams said. "If you want to know about me, read my book."
"The book, a table top edition, is a little mix of everything with inspirational and romantic chapters -- all depending on how the readers feel in that moment," Sergeant Williams said.
Sergeant Williams said he was inspired to write "Remember the Fallen," which he describes as "a poem that I would encourage everyone to read because it is dedicated to veterans, civil rights activists, and everyone who gives of themselves to support someone else."
“Life is art. Forever shall it change and multiply with the rise of a new life"