Poems by Brian Johnston

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02/16/2017 Dinosaur's Rules 33 Quatrain
02/12/2017 You Are --- 65 Quatrain
02/11/2017 An Evening's Rose - Dining Out 72 Quatrain
02/07/2017 Ode to a Missing Beer 67 Quatrain
01/18/2017 Favorite Recurring Nightmares Part 2 Final 87 Quatrain
01/13/2017 Favorite Recurring Nightmares Part 1 227 Quatrain
01/10/2017 Missing Frankenstein's Monster 217 Quatrain
01/07/2017 Perchance to Dream 114 Free verse
01/05/2017 In the Market for Love 99 Quatrain
12/25/2016 Awakening 145 Quatrain
12/25/2016 No One 102 Rhyme
12/19/2016 Each New Day Is a Gift 108 Rhyme
12/15/2016 Telescopic Dreams 144 Quatrain
12/11/2016 Lost Treasure 134 Rhyme
12/02/2016 A Man Must Curse 120 Rhyme
11/29/2016 Morning Traces of Love 126 Rhyme
10/24/2016 Tapped Out At Four - Rev 2 227 Rhyme
10/17/2016 Tiny Ships In A Bottle - With Variations 155 Rhyme
10/10/2016 Infinite Passes Into Heaven 173 Rhyme
10/06/2016 The Joys Of Sleeping In 153 Rhyme
09/26/2016 Understanding Human Limitations 183 Quatrain
09/11/2016 How I Would Love You 205 Rhyme
09/05/2016 Surviving Your Own Life 433 Ballad
08/12/2016 SciFiKu: Number 1 110 Senryu
08/09/2016 Winning Olympic Gold In Love 271 Rhyme
08/06/2016 Haiku Number 60 179 Haiku
08/04/2016 Remembering Atari - Part 1 186 Rhyme
08/02/2016 Sometimes When I Wake 191 Rhyme
07/28/2016 Haiku Number 59 360 Haiku
07/21/2016 Haiku: Conventional War 308 Haiku
07/20/2016 The Man That He Was, And Still Is 298 Rhyme
07/14/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 5 197 Verse
07/12/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 4 183 Verse
07/12/2016 Haiku Inspired By Video Games 259 Haiku
07/10/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 3 199 Verse
07/10/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 2 206 Verse
07/08/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 1 297 Verse
07/02/2016 Poetry in the Forecast 228 Senryu
06/26/2016 Just Mosquitos and Squirrels 257 Rhyme
06/25/2016 Haiku: Global Warming Montage 328 Haiku
06/21/2016 Disappointing Friends 300 Rhyme
06/20/2016 Haiku by Escher 352 Haiku
06/18/2016 Please Stretch My Heart 255 Rhyme
06/16/2016 Gestapokuku: Hitler Youth Haikus 422 Free verse
06/14/2016 Haiku: Traditional 57 397 Haiku
06/14/2016 Haiku: Traditional 58 312 Haiku
06/13/2016 Why Can't I 394 Rhyme
06/07/2016 Haikus Parody Haiku 494 Haiku
06/07/2016 Haiku: Traditional 56 320 Haiku
06/03/2016 Haiku: Traditional 55 371 Haiku
05/31/2016 Echo Poem: When Pain Seduces Good People 320 Rhyme
05/31/2016 A Shakespearian Sonnet For Gos 276 Sonnet
05/28/2016 Faithku: Haiku of the Heart 274 Free verse
05/23/2016 Haiku: Traditional 54 324 Haiku
05/17/2016 Haiku: Traditional 53 311 Haiku
05/10/2016 Rosemary's Bliss 352 Rhyme
05/05/2016 Shooting Blanks 327 Rhyme
05/04/2016 Skin In The Game 313 Rhyme
05/01/2016 Haiku: Traditional 52 404 Haiku
05/01/2016 Haiku: Traditional 51 318 Haiku
04/30/2016 Haiku: Love's Essence 344 Haiku
04/29/2016 Haiku: Traditional 50 346 Haiku
04/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 49 430 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 48 377 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 47 358 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 46 380 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 45 365 Haiku
04/20/2016 Haiku: Traditional 44 383 Haiku
04/18/2016 Atheists VS Christians 403 Rhyme
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 43 360 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 42 329 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Listening to Mahler's 9th Symphony 668 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 41 415 Haiku
04/12/2016 Haiku: Traditional 40 340 Haiku
04/12/2016 Haiku: Traditional 39 395 Haiku
04/12/2016 Total Immersion 395 Free verse
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 38 388 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 37 499 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 36 365 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 35 335 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 34 373 Haiku
04/08/2016 Haiku: Traditional 33 413 Haiku
04/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 32 418 Haiku
04/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 30 377 Haiku
04/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 29 413 Haiku
04/03/2016 Haiku: Parody 1 - Echo Poem 615 Haiku
04/03/2016 Haiku: Traditional 31 415 Haiku
03/29/2016 Flavor Enhancers 323 Rhyme
03/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 28 526 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 27 408 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 26 372 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 8 403 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 7 371 Haiku
03/22/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 6 429 Haiku
03/20/2016 Nothing To Wear 462 Rhyme
03/20/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 5 397 Haiku
03/19/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 4 357 Senryu
03/19/2016 What Do You Do 456 Rhyme
03/16/2016 Haiku: Mistrial 432 Senryu
03/15/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 3 536 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.