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Poems by Brian Johnston

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Date PostedPoemTitle# ViewsForm  
07/17/2017 Mind Games 31 Free verse
07/14/2017 Only A Star 52 Quatrain
07/10/2017 Loving Another Man 70 Quatrain
07/08/2017 Live With It or Die 65 Quatrain
07/08/2017 The 'End' of the Sun 59 Quatrain
07/07/2017 How Many Times 56 Rhyme
07/05/2017 Turtles All the Way Down 56 Quatrain
06/24/2017 ' ' - Poems en Duo 45 Rhyme
06/23/2017 The Blue Pinky Nail 46 Quatrain
06/23/2017 Save Me the Last Dance 59 Quatrain
06/22/2017 How Great is Your Love 66 Quatrain
06/17/2017 These Hands 52 Quatrain
06/13/2017 Touched 103 Quatrain
06/07/2017 Sleeping, Waking, Living in Your Arms 82 Quatrain
06/03/2017 Upstarts 57 Rhyme
06/02/2017 What Hurts The Most 112 Quatrain
05/30/2017 The Birth of Hope 86 Free verse
05/30/2017 Paradox - An Echo Poem 88 Free verse
05/28/2017 Crop Failure - Bitter Harvest 180 Free verse
05/23/2017 Who's to Blame for Pain 153 Rhyme
05/16/2017 Kukuku 176 Haiku
05/12/2017 Haiku: Miss Direction 139 Haiku
05/09/2017 Ripples of Love 160 Free verse
05/08/2017 God's God's Only Love 113 Free verse
05/06/2017 Time in Flight 112 Rhyme
05/03/2017 'Gift Horses' - Note 1 155 Quatrain
04/28/2017 ' Come Dance With Me' 186 Quatrain
04/28/2017 Time Traveler's 'Kuartet' 128 Haiku
04/26/2017 Euthanizing Miracles 125 Quatrain
04/18/2017 Week 3 - Brian's Poet Of Note - 'Richard Wilbur Part 2' 196 Free verse
04/18/2017 Week 3 - Brian's Poet Of Note - 'Richard Wilbur Part 1' 172 Free verse
04/15/2017 The Chosen One 330 Rhyme
04/12/2017 He Loves Her, He Loves Her Not - An Echo Poem 116 Quatrain
04/08/2017 When You Write a Poem 121 Quatrain
04/03/2017 Week 2 - Stages by Herman Hesse - A Second Translation Revised 174 Verse
04/03/2017 Week 2 - Stages by Herman Hesse - First Translation 151 Free verse
04/02/2017 Taking it in the Shorts 134 Quatrain
04/01/2017 Week 2 - Brian's Poet of Note - 'Herman Hesse' 217 Didactic
03/30/2017 Week 1 - Brian's Poet of Note - 'Jack Gilbert' 165 Free verse
03/27/2017 Universal Haiku 162 Haiku
03/23/2017 Am I Channeling God's Love - An Echo Poem 146 Rhyme
03/23/2017 In Praise of Praise 185 Rhyme
03/19/2017 Resurrecting Emotions 262 Quatrain
03/14/2017 Unforgettable Places - Acts 520 Quatrain
03/11/2017 I Hate It That I Love Your Poem - An Echo Poem 231 Rhyme
03/10/2017 I am who I aspire to be 243 Rhyme
03/09/2017 Real Choices 196 Quatrain
03/03/2017 The Truth Is Here Somewhere :2: Echo Poem 172 Bio
03/01/2017 If I Kissed It 168 Quatrain
03/01/2017 Haiku - iKu - Number 62 Thru 67 Revised 289 Haiku
02/27/2017 Haiku Number 61 145 Haiku
02/26/2017 The Truth Is Here Somewhere:1: Echo Poem 232 Rhyme
02/22/2017 Do You Remember 232 Quatrain
02/16/2017 Dinosaur's Rules 225 Quatrain
02/12/2017 You Are --- 151 Quatrain
02/11/2017 An Evening's Rose - Dining Out 206 Quatrain
02/07/2017 Ode to a Missing Beer 187 Quatrain
01/18/2017 Favorite Recurring Nightmares Part 2 Final 226 Quatrain
01/13/2017 Favorite Recurring Nightmares Part 1 439 Quatrain
01/10/2017 Missing Frankenstein's Monster 444 Quatrain
01/07/2017 Perchance to Dream 256 Free verse
01/05/2017 In the Market for Love 203 Quatrain
12/25/2016 Awakening 209 Quatrain
12/25/2016 No One 177 Rhyme
12/19/2016 Each New Day Is a Gift 175 Rhyme
12/15/2016 Telescopic Dreams 305 Quatrain
12/11/2016 Lost Treasure 188 Rhyme
12/02/2016 A Man Must Curse 210 Rhyme
11/29/2016 Morning Traces of Love 189 Rhyme
10/24/2016 Tapped Out At Four - Rev 2 302 Rhyme
10/17/2016 Tiny Ships In A Bottle - With Variations 225 Rhyme
10/10/2016 Infinite Passes Into Heaven 244 Rhyme
10/06/2016 The Joys Of Sleeping In 211 Rhyme
09/26/2016 Understanding Human Limitations 240 Quatrain
09/11/2016 How I Would Love You 251 Rhyme
09/05/2016 Surviving Your Own Life 638 Ballad
08/12/2016 SciFiKu: Number 1 191 Senryu
08/09/2016 Winning Olympic Gold In Love 342 Rhyme
08/06/2016 Haiku Number 60 237 Haiku
08/04/2016 Remembering Atari - Part 1 275 Rhyme
08/02/2016 Sometimes When I Wake 246 Rhyme
07/28/2016 Haiku Number 59 446 Haiku
07/21/2016 Haiku: Conventional War 385 Haiku
07/20/2016 The Man That He Was, And Still Is 401 Rhyme
07/14/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 5 245 Verse
07/12/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 4 247 Verse
07/12/2016 Haiku Inspired By Video Games 350 Haiku
07/10/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 3 274 Verse
07/10/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 2 298 Verse
07/08/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 1 382 Verse
07/02/2016 Poetry in the Forecast 272 Senryu
06/26/2016 Just Mosquitos and Squirrels 331 Rhyme
06/25/2016 Haiku: Global Warming Montage 445 Haiku
06/21/2016 Disappointing Friends 385 Rhyme
06/20/2016 Haiku by Escher 437 Haiku
06/18/2016 Please Stretch My Heart 329 Rhyme
06/16/2016 Gestapokuku: Hitler Youth Haikus 526 Free verse
06/14/2016 Haiku: Traditional 57 511 Haiku
06/14/2016 Haiku: Traditional 58 388 Haiku
06/13/2016 Why Can't I 452 Rhyme



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I started writing poetry my Senior year in High School and the Muse still strikes on occasion. I also wrote some short stories in college but poetry is my ongoing interest. I enjoy tennis, swimming and backpacking and have become a YMCA member in recent years. My short term memory has taken a hit but I'm physically stronger than I have ever been! It's nice to be able to see improvement in at least one area of my life.
    I was in the US Peace Corps twice. The first time was from 1964 to 1966 in Tanzania, East Africa where I supervised the installation of small bridges and culverts on feeder roads in an attempt to encourage local farmers to produce more. I also did some survey work and was lucky enough to spend nearly a month surveying future roads for tourists on the floor of Ngorongoro Crater, an extinct volcano whose rim exceeds 10,000 ft in places and is over ten miles in diameter. The crater floor is a natural game park nearly 2,000 ft. below the rim. The poem 'Venice' was written on my trip home from East Africa.
    A 2nd Peace Corps stint was in Malaysia where I taught a two year Physics syllabus to very gifted students in Kuantan, on the east coast of Malaysia from 1970 to 1972. I don't think I ever worked so hard in my life as I did teaching those kids. It was a very rewarding experience.
    I wrote a number of poems while I was at the University of Oklahoma and wound up getting a Master's in Physics before I left for Malaysia in 1970. The poems 'Venice' and 'California Montage' both won 'Honorable Mentions' in state poetry contests while I was at OU.
    My Masters in Physics specialized in Superconductivity. I was again very fortunate in working on devices used by USGS to do a study of how the earth's magnetic field has changed through time. This study revealed that the earth's magnetic field has reversed itself many times through history and now the magnetic field found in the rock enclosing fossils can actually be used to help determine a fossils age. I also the wrote the computer program that USGS used to analyze their core sample data.
    When money dried up for for scientific research under Nixon, my next job was working as one of the first video game designers using microprocessor logic. My first game, a copy of a game done completely in hardware called 'Bi-Plane' was perhaps the first commercially sold video game using  a microcomputer chip, the Intel 8080, as it's heart and an Altair Home Computer Kit that a friend and I built as a development station. I wound up spending nearly 12 years designing games for companies like Extensys, Ramtek, Atari and Warner Brothers.
    My last programming job was designing a micro-computer driven KSU for TIE Communications which was my most successful programming job. The final phone system sold over a million units and its program contained over 40,000 computer instructions. This assembly language program took me almost 4 years to write before the final version was completed.
    The remainder of my career has been in both farming and in real estate management. My father worked largely in farming related businesses and when he became ill I got heavily involved with our farms in South Dakota and Oklahoma, which gave birth to the poems 'A Walk Near Blunt, ' 'Driving Alone Through the Sand Hills of Nebraska, ' and 'Like a Farmer.'
    I am retired now and live in SF Bay Area which I have called home since moving here in 1973.