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Joined 05-30-11, id: 779062, Profile Updated: 03-24-17
Author has written 32 stories for Historical, War, Nature, General, Life, Work, Family, Politics, Religion, Song, Love, and School.

"I am an old-fashioned, honest-to-goodness, flag waving patriot." — John Wayne

Franklin Van Valkenburg resides in the Shenandoah Valley where he enjoys the splendor of God's country and can connect with Virginia's rich history. He served in the US Navy and is a 2013 graduate of Virginia Military Institute.

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Appomattox
On the occasion of 150 years since the end of the War Between the States.
Poetry: War - Rated: K - English - Drama/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 335 - Published: 4/17/2015 - Complete
Lions of the Hour
"Send the boys in...and may God forgive me..."
Poetry: War - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 212 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/8/2015 - Complete
You May Be Whatever You Resolve To Be
There are some places so special that they cannot be matched. Any who experience them are forever changed.
Poetry: School - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 181 - Published: 10/28/2014 - Complete
Frozen
The ship's watch must be stood, rain or shine, sleet or snow.
Poetry: War - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 109 - Published: 2/24/2014 - Complete
Favorite Houses
A trip down memory lane on one summer's eve.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K - English - Adventure/Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 292 - Published: 2/24/2014 - Complete
Beside Still Waters reviews
The weight of command is no small responsibility. Inspired by a John Paul Strain painting.
Poetry: War - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 332 - Reviews: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/13/2013 - Complete
Memories
Priceless treasures of the mind.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K - English - Romance/Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 178 - Published: 8/12/2013 - Complete
Gone With the Wind
An elegy for the Antebellum South.
Poetry: War - Rated: K - English - Drama/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 549 - Published: 6/30/2013 - Complete
Gone Fishing
Will you go fishing with me?
Poetry: Religion - Rated: K - English - Supernatural/Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 373 - Published: 5/11/2013 - Complete
Sacrifice reviews
The greatest account of love and sacrifice in history.
Poetry: Religion - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 388 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 4/7/2013 - Complete
Heritage
Reflections upon the US Naval service.
Poetry: War - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 205 - Published: 3/25/2013 - Complete
Red Orchestra reviews
Inspired by the first person shooter.
Poetry: War - Rated: T - English - Tragedy/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 81 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 3/25/2013 - Complete
Two Steps from Hell reviews
A connection between music, mind, and pen.
Poetry: Song - Rated: K - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 1 - Words: 101 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 3/25/2013 - Complete
Raking Leaves reviews
A short poem I wrote on late fall afternoon.
Poetry: Nature - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 106 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 12/11/2012 - Complete
Eleven reviews
After reading "In the Waiting Room" by Elizabeth Bishop, my poetry class was tasked with spending only five minutes to write a poem about a time we were prematurely exposed to something. This is what I wrote in those five minutes.
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Tragedy/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 61 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 12/5/2012 - Complete
Monument Valley reviews
A Heavenly storm comes to cleanse the desert soul and give refreshed spirit.
Poetry: Nature - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Western - Chapters: 1 - Words: 196 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 11/29/2012 - Complete
Mutiny reviews
An account reminiscent of the mutiny on the Bounty, but also an account of betrayal not unlike the current political, moral, and spiritual state of the United States of America.
Poetry: Politics - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Crime - Chapters: 1 - Words: 280 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 11/16/2012 - Complete
Admonition reviews
My thoughts on my country's political, moral, and spiritual state of being in the wake of the recent elections
Poetry: Politics - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 109 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 11/12/2012 - Complete
Manifest Destiny reviews
Thoughts upon the American idea of manifest destiny, past and present. I am not entirely sure I like the state of this poem and feel I could add to and embellish upon it. Suggestions and advice would be appreciated!
Poetry: Religion - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Western - Chapters: 1 - Words: 191 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 11/5/2012
Ezekiel
This is from a vision I had while in prayer at a VMI Chapel function three years ago. It means a lot to me because I had the vision and after we finished praying, another person felt led to read from Ezekiel 37...a passage that I didn't know of at the time. While this poem is clearly another interpretation of that passage, look deeper. What is the valley and who are the bones?
Poetry: Religion - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 164 - Published: 11/5/2012 - Complete
House of the Undying
I listened to "House of the Undying" from the Game of Thrones Score and wrote down what I imagined. I know the imagery is heavily influenced by seeing the show, but I had fun building a Neuschwanstein-style scene set in a fantasy winter world! It's kind of fanfiction, but since the only elements of the show that appear here are that of winter and castles, I posted this poem here.
Poetry: Politics - Rated: K - English - Fantasy/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 155 - Published: 10/25/2012 - Complete
A Night to Remember
One event can change the world.
Poetry: Family - Rated: K - English - Family/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 180 - Published: 10/24/2012 - Complete
Rain Dance
This world is full of many wondrous sights. The American Southwest is home to many of them.
Poetry: Nature - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 171 - Published: 10/24/2012 - Complete
Sea Shanty
The life and desires of many a sailor.
Poetry: Work - Rated: K - English - Suspense/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 199 - Published: 10/24/2012 - Complete
Mastermind
Some secrets are carried unto death, never to be known. This could have happened, or maybe it did... but we will never know.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Mystery/Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 326 - Published: 10/24/2012 - Complete
Emancipation reviews
The death of an institution.
Poetry: War - Rated: K - English - Drama/Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 186 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/24/2012 - Complete
A Different World reviews
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 178 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 10/24/2012 - Complete
The Cuckold Comes out of the Ambry
The life of a sailor.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Adventure/Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 185 - Published: 10/24/2012 - Complete
A Side of Iron
Find an object of significance in your possession and set it in front of you. Describe it and record what thoughts come to mind.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 264 - Published: 10/24/2012 - Complete
Revelation
There's more than meets the eye.
Poetry: Nature - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 177 - Published: 10/24/2012 - Complete
Detachment reviews
In March, 2012, I had a once in a lifetime journey to what might as well have been the moon. These are my reflections upon it. Bonus points to whoever is able to figure out where I went.
Poetry: War - Rated: K - English - Poetry/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 346 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 10/24/2012 - Complete
Black Sand
Short Story. A United States Marine anticipates what lies ahead on the beaches of black sand. Iwo Jima, 19 February, 1945
Fiction: Historical - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,517 - Published: 10/22/2012 - Complete