Poems by Brian Johnston

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11/17/2017 Bear Johnston: Found Poems: Always at Choice 14 Rhyme
11/17/2017 Bear Johnston: Found Poems: Bear Thanks God 17 Rhyme
11/17/2017 Bear Johnston: Found Poems: Bear Deals With Regret 21 Rhyme
11/17/2017 Bear Johnston: Found Poems: Home Is - 16 Rhyme
11/17/2017 Bear Johnston: Found Poem: Bear Truth 13 Rhyme
11/17/2017 Bear Johnston: Found Poem: Haiku 1 27 Haiku
11/17/2017 Bear Johnston: Found Poem: Cinderella 21 Rhyme
11/17/2017 Bear Johnston: Found Poem: Only a Star 9 Rhyme
11/17/2017 Bear Johnston: Found Poem: Jack and Jill 9 Rhyme
11/04/2017 'Erector Set' Issues 44 Rhyme
10/30/2017 Beary Tales Episodes 34-35, Interlude, Episodes 36-37, Poet's Notes 36 Rhyme
10/30/2017 Beary Tales Episodes 25-33, Poet's Notes 62 Rhyme
10/30/2017 The Sleep That Comes 61 Rhyme
10/19/2017 Lucky to Feel Loved 54 Quatrain
10/14/2017 Beary Tales Episodes 15-24, More Poet's Notes 176 Quatrain
10/05/2017 Living With Love and Depression, Etc 86 Rhyme
09/24/2017 Reasonable Bankers 103 Quatrain
09/08/2017 Easily Distracted 167 Free verse
08/25/2017 'Kimmy's Bliss 2' - More Humorous Adds 112 Quatrain
08/18/2017 Adventures With Paul 108 Quatrain
08/16/2017 Chauvinistic Pigs and Other Limericks 99 Limerick
08/15/2017 American Traitor 197 Rhyme
08/09/2017 Beary Tales Episodes 7-14, Poet's Notes 207 Quatrain
08/09/2017 Beary Tales Episodes 1-6, Poet's Notes 273 Quatrain
08/03/2017 Love Letter 149 Rhyme
08/01/2017 'Mai' Limerick Logic 135 Limerick
07/31/2017 I Don't Belong to Me 97 Quatrain
07/30/2017 'Kimmy's Bliss 1' - A Hair and Nails Salon 164 Quatrain
07/28/2017 A Girl with a Racket 63 Quatrain
07/26/2017 Surfing Waves of Excrement 123 Quatrain
07/23/2017 Keeping Her Happy 115 Quatrain
07/17/2017 Mind Games 144 Free verse
07/14/2017 Only A Star 186 Quatrain
07/10/2017 Loving Another Man 151 Quatrain
07/08/2017 Live With It or Die 213 Quatrain
07/08/2017 The 'End' of the Sun 464 Quatrain
07/07/2017 How Many Times 112 Rhyme
07/05/2017 Turtles All the Way Down 193 Quatrain
06/24/2017 ' ' - Poems en Duo 81 Rhyme
06/23/2017 The Blue Pinky Nail 125 Quatrain
06/23/2017 Save Me the Last Dance 114 Quatrain
06/22/2017 How Great is Your Love 111 Quatrain
06/17/2017 These Hands 85 Quatrain
06/13/2017 Touched 174 Quatrain
06/07/2017 Sleeping, Waking, Living in Your Arms 113 Quatrain
06/03/2017 Upstarts 127 Rhyme
06/02/2017 What Hurts The Most 155 Quatrain
05/30/2017 The Birth of Hope 168 Free verse
05/30/2017 Paradox - An Echo Poem 166 Free verse
05/28/2017 Crop Failure - Bitter Harvest 526 Free verse
05/23/2017 Who's to Blame for Pain 195 Rhyme
05/16/2017 Kukuku 295 Haiku
05/12/2017 Haiku: Miss Direction 182 Haiku
05/09/2017 Ripples of Love 249 Free verse
05/08/2017 God's God's Only Love 174 Free verse
05/06/2017 Time in Flight 186 Rhyme
05/03/2017 'Gift Horses' - Note 1 194 Quatrain
04/28/2017 ' Come Dance With Me' 286 Quatrain
04/28/2017 Time Traveler's 'Kuartet' 169 Haiku
04/26/2017 Euthanizing Miracles 159 Quatrain
04/18/2017 Week 3 - Brian's Poet Of Note - 'Richard Wilbur Part 2' 285 Free verse
04/18/2017 Week 3 - Brian's Poet Of Note - 'Richard Wilbur Part 1' 271 Free verse
04/15/2017 The Chosen One 680 Rhyme
04/12/2017 He Loves Her, He Loves Her Not - An Echo Poem 151 Quatrain
04/08/2017 When You Write a Poem 141 Quatrain
04/03/2017 Week 2 - Stages by Herman Hesse - A Second Translation Revised 248 Verse
04/03/2017 Week 2 - Stages by Herman Hesse - First Translation 240 Free verse
04/02/2017 Taking it in the Shorts 163 Quatrain
04/01/2017 Week 2 - Brian's Poet of Note - 'Herman Hesse' 290 Didactic
03/30/2017 Week 1 - Brian's Poet of Note - 'Jack Gilbert' 242 Free verse
03/27/2017 Universal Haiku 195 Haiku
03/23/2017 Am I Channeling God's Love - An Echo Poem 177 Rhyme
03/23/2017 In Praise of Praise 204 Rhyme
03/19/2017 Resurrecting Emotions 316 Quatrain
03/14/2017 Unforgettable Places - Acts 752 Quatrain
03/11/2017 I Hate It That I Love Your Poem - An Echo Poem 275 Rhyme
03/10/2017 I am who I aspire to be 328 Rhyme
03/09/2017 Real Choices 249 Quatrain
03/03/2017 The Truth Is Here Somewhere :2: Echo Poem 226 Bio
03/01/2017 If I Kissed It 186 Quatrain
03/01/2017 Haiku - iKu - Number 62 Thru 67 Revised 351 Haiku
02/27/2017 Haiku Number 61 172 Haiku
02/26/2017 The Truth Is Here Somewhere:1: Echo Poem 286 Rhyme
02/22/2017 Do You Remember 269 Quatrain
02/16/2017 Dinosaur's Rules 308 Quatrain
02/12/2017 You Are --- 188 Quatrain
02/11/2017 An Evening's Rose - Dining Out 235 Quatrain
02/07/2017 Ode to a Missing Beer 234 Quatrain
01/18/2017 Favorite Recurring Nightmares Part 2 Final 303 Quatrain
01/13/2017 Favorite Recurring Nightmares Part 1 540 Quatrain
01/10/2017 Missing Frankenstein's Monster 515 Quatrain
01/07/2017 Perchance to Dream 301 Free verse
01/05/2017 In the Market for Love 268 Quatrain
12/25/2016 Awakening 232 Quatrain
12/25/2016 No One 211 Rhyme
12/19/2016 Each New Day Is a Gift 213 Rhyme
12/15/2016 Telescopic Dreams 333 Quatrain
12/11/2016 Lost Treasure 208 Rhyme
12/02/2016 A Man Must Curse 275 Rhyme
11/29/2016 Morning Traces of Love 207 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.