Poetry Drawer: walk away/like a fool: in mercy blind: heretic: with broken wings, with bruised hearts: one from the valley of ashes: a wasted mouthful by John Sweet

walk away/like a fool someone telling you it’salmost too late your entire life,and then it is, and is thiscomedy or is ittragedy? do you outlive your children orbury them all one at a time? and maybe i’m part ofthis particular … Continue reading

Poetry Drawer: Swimming in Walden Pond by Christopher Johnson

The water enraptures my body, which feels like forest-shrouded silkAs I clip and clop my awkward way through the waterAnd then suddenly feel like a dolphin.The underneath of Walden Pond is riven by rivers of currents birthed from mysterious          sources.As I swim, the current changes from foot to foot,           now alienating cold,           now feathery warmThe currents caress my body like eels that brush their liquid bodies against my chest,          torso, groin, legs,           tingling and tangling all up and down my skin,          shagging me, changing me, freeing me.I slow down, feel the water like echoes of the past,Know that Thoreau swam and fished and walked and lived here.I feel the sensuous caress of history,          of self-reflection,          of rebellion against the ordinary.The electric call of infinite Walden seduces me with its sweet and subterranean melody,Like the trapezer who paints the last act.I swim past the why current,Feel the fins of curious fish brushing me.None knows really how deep Walden is,Or what the source of the pond is.It was born eons ago in the distant primordial past of the past of the earth,Born in the majestic ruptures of the earth,Born in the thousand-yard-deep chaos of water and stars,Lifeless at first, then slowly emerging in the slow movement of unforgiving atoms and           aimless instinctsAnd meandering, sensuous being. Christopher Johnson is a writer based in the Chicago area. He was a merchant seaman, a high school English teacher, a corporate communications writer, a textbook editor, an educational consultant, and a free-lance writer. Published short stories, articles, … Continue reading