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Poems by Brian Johnston

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09/08/2017 Easily Distracted 70 Free verse
08/25/2017 'Kimmy's Bliss 2' - More Humorous Adds 55 Quatrain
08/18/2017 Adventures With Paul 85 Quatrain
08/16/2017 Chauvinistic Pigs and Other Limericks 78 Limerick
08/15/2017 American Traitor 131 Rhyme
08/09/2017 Beary Tales Episodes 14-20, New Vignettes Here As Well 113 Quatrain
08/09/2017 Beary Tales Episode 1-13, Many New Vignettes 170 Quatrain
08/03/2017 Love Letter 126 Rhyme
08/01/2017 'Mai' Limerick Logic 104 Limerick
07/31/2017 I Don't Belong to Me 77 Quatrain
07/30/2017 'Kimmy's Bliss 1' - A Hair and Nails Salon 109 Quatrain
07/28/2017 A Girl with a Racket 54 Quatrain
07/26/2017 Surfing Waves of Excrement 93 Quatrain
07/23/2017 Keeping Her Happy 85 Quatrain
07/17/2017 Mind Games 112 Free verse
07/14/2017 Only A Star 144 Quatrain
07/10/2017 Loving Another Man 123 Quatrain
07/08/2017 Live With It or Die 163 Quatrain
07/08/2017 The 'End' of the Sun 421 Quatrain
07/07/2017 How Many Times 93 Rhyme
07/05/2017 Turtles All the Way Down 132 Quatrain
06/24/2017 ' ' - Poems en Duo 64 Rhyme
06/23/2017 The Blue Pinky Nail 87 Quatrain
06/23/2017 Save Me the Last Dance 102 Quatrain
06/22/2017 How Great is Your Love 100 Quatrain
06/17/2017 These Hands 73 Quatrain
06/13/2017 Touched 141 Quatrain
06/07/2017 Sleeping, Waking, Living in Your Arms 105 Quatrain
06/03/2017 Upstarts 95 Rhyme
06/02/2017 What Hurts The Most 136 Quatrain
05/30/2017 The Birth of Hope 137 Free verse
05/30/2017 Paradox - An Echo Poem 122 Free verse
05/28/2017 Crop Failure - Bitter Harvest 367 Free verse
05/23/2017 Who's to Blame for Pain 177 Rhyme
05/16/2017 Kukuku 251 Haiku
05/12/2017 Haiku: Miss Direction 167 Haiku
05/09/2017 Ripples of Love 200 Free verse
05/08/2017 God's God's Only Love 153 Free verse
05/06/2017 Time in Flight 148 Rhyme
05/03/2017 'Gift Horses' - Note 1 177 Quatrain
04/28/2017 ' Come Dance With Me' 241 Quatrain
04/28/2017 Time Traveler's 'Kuartet' 152 Haiku
04/26/2017 Euthanizing Miracles 142 Quatrain
04/18/2017 Week 3 - Brian's Poet Of Note - 'Richard Wilbur Part 2' 236 Free verse
04/18/2017 Week 3 - Brian's Poet Of Note - 'Richard Wilbur Part 1' 210 Free verse
04/15/2017 The Chosen One 526 Rhyme
04/12/2017 He Loves Her, He Loves Her Not - An Echo Poem 141 Quatrain
04/08/2017 When You Write a Poem 134 Quatrain
04/03/2017 Week 2 - Stages by Herman Hesse - A Second Translation Revised 220 Verse
04/03/2017 Week 2 - Stages by Herman Hesse - First Translation 217 Free verse
04/02/2017 Taking it in the Shorts 155 Quatrain
04/01/2017 Week 2 - Brian's Poet of Note - 'Herman Hesse' 254 Didactic
03/30/2017 Week 1 - Brian's Poet of Note - 'Jack Gilbert' 193 Free verse
03/27/2017 Universal Haiku 184 Haiku
03/23/2017 Am I Channeling God's Love - An Echo Poem 161 Rhyme
03/23/2017 In Praise of Praise 197 Rhyme
03/19/2017 Resurrecting Emotions 302 Quatrain
03/14/2017 Unforgettable Places - Acts 672 Quatrain
03/11/2017 I Hate It That I Love Your Poem - An Echo Poem 260 Rhyme
03/10/2017 I am who I aspire to be 293 Rhyme
03/09/2017 Real Choices 233 Quatrain
03/03/2017 The Truth Is Here Somewhere :2: Echo Poem 210 Bio
03/01/2017 If I Kissed It 177 Quatrain
03/01/2017 Haiku - iKu - Number 62 Thru 67 Revised 320 Haiku
02/27/2017 Haiku Number 61 163 Haiku
02/26/2017 The Truth Is Here Somewhere:1: Echo Poem 253 Rhyme
02/22/2017 Do You Remember 251 Quatrain
02/16/2017 Dinosaur's Rules 273 Quatrain
02/12/2017 You Are --- 170 Quatrain
02/11/2017 An Evening's Rose - Dining Out 223 Quatrain
02/07/2017 Ode to a Missing Beer 218 Quatrain
01/18/2017 Favorite Recurring Nightmares Part 2 Final 272 Quatrain
01/13/2017 Favorite Recurring Nightmares Part 1 490 Quatrain
01/10/2017 Missing Frankenstein's Monster 479 Quatrain
01/07/2017 Perchance to Dream 281 Free verse
01/05/2017 In the Market for Love 233 Quatrain
12/25/2016 Awakening 221 Quatrain
12/25/2016 No One 192 Rhyme
12/19/2016 Each New Day Is a Gift 200 Rhyme
12/15/2016 Telescopic Dreams 318 Quatrain
12/11/2016 Lost Treasure 201 Rhyme
12/02/2016 A Man Must Curse 253 Rhyme
11/29/2016 Morning Traces of Love 202 Rhyme
10/24/2016 Tapped Out At Four - Rev 2 320 Rhyme
10/17/2016 Tiny Ships In A Bottle - With Variations 236 Rhyme
10/10/2016 Infinite Passes Into Heaven 258 Rhyme
10/06/2016 The Joys Of Sleeping In 224 Rhyme
09/26/2016 Understanding Human Limitations 253 Quatrain
09/11/2016 How I Would Love You 264 Rhyme
09/05/2016 Surviving Your Own Life 708 Ballad
08/12/2016 SciFiKu: Number 1 202 Senryu
08/09/2016 Winning Olympic Gold In Love 355 Rhyme
08/06/2016 Haiku Number 60 253 Haiku
08/04/2016 Remembering Atari - Part 1 296 Rhyme
08/02/2016 Sometimes When I Wake 257 Rhyme
07/28/2016 Haiku Number 59 475 Haiku
07/21/2016 Haiku: Conventional War 418 Haiku
07/20/2016 The Man That He Was, And Still Is 438 Rhyme
07/14/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 5 257 Verse
07/12/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 4 262 Verse



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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.