Semmaster's Thoughts (Life of A Little Man)

My name is Steven Eugene Miller. I’ve been writing poems since the age of fourteen at the death of my brother, my mentor, my god, Thomas Edward Miller. Tommy was sixteen. I have recently released my first self published book, titled Semmaster’s Thoughts (Life of A Little Man). After serving twenty years in the military and spending over ten years overseas, Korea and Panama, I served my last five years (‘90-’95) at Pope AFB, NC. Now that I have been retired since April 1, 1995, I can look back and make since of why my last years in the military were filled with resentment and apprehension. Let me explain my story. Prior to coming to North Carolina, I was stationed at Howard AFB, Panama. After Operation “Just Cause”, I was given a short notice assignment to Pope AFB in February 1990. While at Howard, I felt a strong since of pride and camaraderie toward my peers and superiors. First, let me explain something. Prior to returning to the States in 1990, I had been overseas for seven years straight, three years in Korea and the next four at Howard AFB, Panama. Being stationed overseas gave me a since of accomplishment, a clear perspective of my role and purpose in the whole scheme of things. Our job was clear and simple, refueling aircraft, maintaining massive fuel storage plants to keep our fighters in the air.

Under combat conditions, fear was overcome with adrenaline and determination to complete each mission. Returning to the States , after seven years, was a big letdown. What does this have to do with Depression, you ask? Well, at the time, I didn’t know what depression was. After years of serving my country with all of the adversities placed my way, I realized that, through the fast pace regiment of my career, I didn’t have time to be depressed. I just recently released my first self-published book which is based on my life, through poetry. When I assembled this work of art, I didn’t know where I was going with this story. After I received a few independent reviews of this endeavor, and reading the fruits of my works, I finally realized how depressed I have been most of my life. Semmaster’s Thoughts are a series of poems partitioned by the emotional reflections of a man who has finally taken control of his body, mind and soul from the demons within. The Great Master has awakened my senses to the sweet smells, sounds and sights of a literary world full of the essence, verbal expressions and visions that has long been ascending from gut to mouth to paper, the truth as it reflects the path I must trek to enter into the Mansion of The Creator.
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Semmaster's Thoughts (Life of A Little Man)


Fayetteville, United States

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I started writing at the ripe old age of fourteen when the Lord decided to call my brother, Tommy, home. I was about to enter the eighth grade when my whole life was turned upside down. At the age of fourteen when most teenagers were testing their manhood and vying for the attention of the young girls, I was searching for my identity. I was more than just your typical little brother. I was a clone of Tommy. I didn’t want to be like my brother, I wanted to be Tommy. When the Lord commissioned Tommy into the Palace of the Saved, I felt demoted to the house of the damned.

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