Carlene Carter Brandon


A child of the 60's and a product of my environment.

My parents divorced when I was 2, so it was my loving and nurturing Mom and I until I turned 9.

She met this wonderful young man in the army, got married and we were introduced to a whole new world, Germany.

This perfect union afforded me many opportunities to travel and meet people of different cultures, learn the German language, and old world traditions. Thank you Dad for opening doors.

One of the most memorial times in my life was visiting the American Military Cemetery in Luxembourg. Before me was a sea of white crosses. I stood there and Wept. At the age of 12 this experience had a monumental impact on my life. Our American soldiers of yesteryear buried on foreign soil, The memory of that sight still humbles me to this day.

At that very pivotal moment in time, I understood why we were overseas, to fight oppression, and to ensure the freedom and liberties of our brothers and sisters abroad.

I worked at Clyde Cosper VA nursing home and heard countless war stories about the Battle of the Bulge, Korea, and Vietnam Nam. I have the utmost respect for these men as well as the women that served at the MASH units. They proudly displayed their portraits in the hall by their doors. They looked like movie stars, and to me they were bigger than life American hero's. As a CNA I was honored to be in their presence and took great pride in my work.

My hobbies are collecting rocks, fossils, sea shells, antiques, and making jewelry. My favorite sights are the Painted Desert and Grand Canyon. Awesome. Put that on your bucket list.

My bucket list, the Redwood Forest. The love of my life, my 4 children and five wonderful grandchildren. My favorite movie, It's a Wonderful Life, the scene where their dancing in gym over the pool and the floor opens. Favorite song: How Great Thou Art. Favorite Singer: Jonie Mitchell.

Besides writing poetry, I research on my families genealogy. My Uncle Nelson Wier got me interested, I miss you so much! By the way, "How is it up there?"

With the love and support of my Dad Stephen Brandon, an aspiring writer in his own right, I decided to share a few of my poems with you.

I know this was long, and thank you for your time and interest.

Carlene Carter Brandon

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Simple Things
Price: Free! Words: 1,760. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
These poems cover a variety of simple things. Most people don't value something unless they have to work for it. I want everyone to value my poetry.
Price: Free! Words: 1,240. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Six poems from the heart that cover several topics. I personally believe these poems speak volumns for some of the women that dream of having a picture perfect life. Unfortunately down the line in their relationship, they realize they are stuck living with a Jeckle & Hyde. Each must make their own decision and some have no other option than to flee to a safe haven.
Honoring Ancestors
Price: Free! Words: 1,590. Language: American English. Published: June 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Sometimes honoring ancestors is as simple as telling their story.
Poems Put to Paper in 2012
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
These are the poems I put to paper in 2012. My Dad arranged them in order and included the ones that weren't published. He also added one I wrote for a dear friend in January 2013.
Poems for the Soul
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,780. Language: American English. Published: November 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Poems to make you laugh, ponder, meditate, and cry over. Some of these poems contain some real life events from my youth into my adult hood. I have always loved writing poetry. I find it to be very rewarding and a way of cleansing the soul.
Satan's Puppet
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,430. Language: American English. Published: September 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Have you ever known someone that's pure evil? Or someone that almost pure love? Their actions spread like ripples through a pond. Their influence impacts on all those around them, directly and indirectly. I've met some of both. Some of these poems give you a small example of what I found from both sides.
From the Heart
Price: Free! Words: 1,490. Language: American English. Published: August 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
This short collection of poems contains 5 pieces written from the author's heart, her words poured out on the pages to give descriptive imagery; in hopes of filling your head and heart with unexpected emotions and visuals.
Grandpa's Box
Price: Free! Words: 690. Language: American English. Published: June 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
A poem dedicated to Grandpa. New poem added is The Well and it's about suffering loss.
Poems by Deborah
Price: Free! Words: 1,450. Language: American English. Published: June 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Four poems, as an introduction to some of my poetry. I write what impresses me and sometimes it is something you might not notice. Enjoy!

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Gerty So
Latest book: The White Rabbit. Published February 4, 2016.
Latest book: That Other Disciple. Published June 28, 2013.

Smashwords book reviews by Carlene Carter Brandon

  • Poems for everyday life Volume 1 book 1 on June 21, 2012

    I can relate to some of the verses in this poem. I enjoyed reading this poem. The verse about the tree farm is sort of like got peanut butter but no jelly. Read this and you won't feel so bad about how your day is going. Sincerily,Deborah Carlene Carter Brandon
  • Chains on June 22, 2012

    This peom is very clear and well written. I personally feel these poems that Ms Emily Godsafe have released today are far superior than those she published on the 18th. Definitly worth taking the time to read and rate. I would like to see more work like this from Ms Godsafe. Respectfully, Deborah Carlene c Brandon . A native Texan
  • Paradoxical Impurity on June 22, 2012

    I love this poem. I especially enjoyed the last two lines. This poet is young but perhaps has an old soul.Very desriptive. Sincerily Deborah Carlene Carter Brandon, from Texas
  • What's comfortable on July 30, 2012

    Poetry is best,when like a spring running down the side of a mountain,flows naturally. Let it flow Emily ,let it flow.Carlene Carter Brandon
  • Angels Everywhere on April 08, 2013

    Gerty So is a genuine person sharing genuine feelings and experiences .I personally enjoyed reading your very short story about Angels .God uses them to comfort and assist us in our daily activities in so many different ways .Like the author I too have seen these Heavenly Being several times .They have comforted me in my deepest darkest moments when I have sunk to the depths of the Abyss . Perhaps more people will become aware of their presence as they become willing to accept certain things on blind faith . Thank you for sharing .Respectfully Deborah Carlene Carter Brandon
  • First Kiss on April 08, 2013

    A very important lesson to be learned .I like the fact the author did not give this control freak a third chance to abuse her whether it be verbal ,physical,or emotional .Good job putting awareness out there Gerty ,however I am truly sorry for your very negative experience first forced kiss .The first kiss should be special but you know if it does not feel right ,then it's not .We as human beings the this wonderful gift called intuition .Trust it ,usually it never fails us . Good writing.respectfully Carlene Carter Brandon