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Poems by Brian Johnston

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Date PostedPoemTitle# ViewsForm  
05/28/2017 Crop Failure 20 Free verse
05/23/2017 Who's to Blame for Pain 75 Rhyme
05/16/2017 Kukuku 81 Haiku
05/12/2017 Haiku: Miss Direction 86 Haiku
05/09/2017 Ripples of Love 96 Free verse
05/08/2017 God's God's Only Love 60 Free verse
05/06/2017 Time in Flight 87 Rhyme
05/03/2017 'Gift Horses' - Note 1 88 Quatrain
04/28/2017 ' Come Dance With Me' 136 Quatrain
04/28/2017 Time Traveler's 'Kuartet' 108 Haiku
04/26/2017 Euthanizing Miracles 88 Quatrain
04/18/2017 Week 3 - Brian's Poet Of Note - 'Richard Wilbur Part 2' 132 Free verse
04/18/2017 Week 3 - Brian's Poet Of Note - 'Richard Wilbur Part 1' 121 Free verse
04/15/2017 The Chosen One 219 Rhyme
04/12/2017 He Loves Her, He Loves Her Not - An Echo Poem 93 Quatrain
04/08/2017 When You Write a Poem 104 Quatrain
04/03/2017 Week 2 - Stages by Herman Hesse - A Second Translation Revised 127 Verse
04/03/2017 Week 2 - Stages by Herman Hesse - First Translation 97 Free verse
04/02/2017 Taking it in the Shorts 105 Quatrain
04/01/2017 Week 2 - Brian's Poet of Note - 'Herman Hesse' 180 Didactic
03/30/2017 Week 1 - Brian's Poet of Note - 'Jack Gilbert' 129 Free verse
03/27/2017 Universal Haiku 127 Haiku
03/23/2017 Am I Channeling God's Love - An Echo Poem 122 Rhyme
03/23/2017 In Praise of Praise 143 Rhyme
03/19/2017 Resurrecting Emotions 218 Quatrain
03/14/2017 Unforgettable Places - Acts 402 Quatrain
03/11/2017 I Hate It That I Love Your Poem - An Echo Poem 200 Rhyme
03/10/2017 I am who I aspire to be 181 Rhyme
03/09/2017 Real Choices 168 Quatrain
03/03/2017 The Truth Is Here Somewhere :2: Echo Poem 146 Bio
03/01/2017 If I Kissed It 151 Quatrain
03/01/2017 Haiku - iKu - Number 62 Thru 67 Revised 250 Haiku
02/27/2017 Haiku Number 61 129 Haiku
02/26/2017 The Truth Is Here Somewhere:1: Echo Poem 204 Rhyme
02/22/2017 Do You Remember 201 Quatrain
02/16/2017 Dinosaur's Rules 192 Quatrain
02/12/2017 You Are --- 134 Quatrain
02/11/2017 An Evening's Rose - Dining Out 173 Quatrain
02/07/2017 Ode to a Missing Beer 155 Quatrain
01/18/2017 Favorite Recurring Nightmares Part 2 Final 189 Quatrain
01/13/2017 Favorite Recurring Nightmares Part 1 367 Quatrain
01/10/2017 Missing Frankenstein's Monster 390 Quatrain
01/07/2017 Perchance to Dream 219 Free verse
01/05/2017 In the Market for Love 173 Quatrain
12/25/2016 Awakening 193 Quatrain
12/25/2016 No One 149 Rhyme
12/19/2016 Each New Day Is a Gift 154 Rhyme
12/15/2016 Telescopic Dreams 271 Quatrain
12/11/2016 Lost Treasure 175 Rhyme
12/02/2016 A Man Must Curse 194 Rhyme
11/29/2016 Morning Traces of Love 176 Rhyme
10/24/2016 Tapped Out At Four - Rev 2 286 Rhyme
10/17/2016 Tiny Ships In A Bottle - With Variations 203 Rhyme
10/10/2016 Infinite Passes Into Heaven 230 Rhyme
10/06/2016 The Joys Of Sleeping In 193 Rhyme
09/26/2016 Understanding Human Limitations 225 Quatrain
09/11/2016 How I Would Love You 239 Rhyme
09/05/2016 Surviving Your Own Life 581 Ballad
08/12/2016 SciFiKu: Number 1 176 Senryu
08/09/2016 Winning Olympic Gold In Love 328 Rhyme
08/06/2016 Haiku Number 60 221 Haiku
08/04/2016 Remembering Atari - Part 1 256 Rhyme
08/02/2016 Sometimes When I Wake 231 Rhyme
07/28/2016 Haiku Number 59 424 Haiku
07/21/2016 Haiku: Conventional War 353 Haiku
07/20/2016 The Man That He Was, And Still Is 350 Rhyme
07/14/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 5 231 Verse
07/12/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 4 229 Verse
07/12/2016 Haiku Inspired By Video Games 327 Haiku
07/10/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 3 255 Verse
07/10/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 2 276 Verse
07/08/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 1 355 Verse
07/02/2016 Poetry in the Forecast 260 Senryu
06/26/2016 Just Mosquitos and Squirrels 307 Rhyme
06/25/2016 Haiku: Global Warming Montage 400 Haiku
06/21/2016 Disappointing Friends 365 Rhyme
06/20/2016 Haiku by Escher 418 Haiku
06/18/2016 Please Stretch My Heart 316 Rhyme
06/16/2016 Gestapokuku: Hitler Youth Haikus 507 Free verse
06/14/2016 Haiku: Traditional 57 478 Haiku
06/14/2016 Haiku: Traditional 58 370 Haiku
06/13/2016 Why Can't I 434 Rhyme
06/07/2016 Haikus Parody Haiku 628 Haiku
06/07/2016 Haiku: Traditional 56 375 Haiku
06/03/2016 Haiku: Traditional 55 404 Haiku
05/31/2016 Echo Poem: When Pain Seduces Good People 405 Rhyme
05/31/2016 A Shakespearian Sonnet For Gos 313 Sonnet
05/28/2016 Faithku: Haiku of the Heart 319 Free verse
05/23/2016 Haiku: Traditional 54 384 Haiku
05/17/2016 Haiku: Traditional 53 362 Haiku
05/10/2016 Rosemary's Bliss 396 Rhyme
05/05/2016 Shooting Blanks 367 Rhyme
05/04/2016 Skin In The Game 342 Rhyme
05/01/2016 Haiku: Traditional 52 454 Haiku
05/01/2016 Haiku: Traditional 51 511 Haiku
04/30/2016 Haiku: Love's Essence 376 Haiku
04/29/2016 Haiku: Traditional 50 379 Haiku
04/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 49 481 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 48 418 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 47 399 Haiku



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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.