One Week Away – Jerry Johnson Featured in Norwalk’s Poets in Conversation Series

My feature is just 1 week away!

I, along with poet Shanna Melton, will be featured in the Norwalk’s Poets in Conversation series at the Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk, Connecticut on Thursday, October 6th, 7pm- 8:30pm. The feature will hosted by Laurel Peterson, Poet Laureate of Norwalk. The feature will consist of Shanna and I reading our poetry and then a conversation between the poets will be moderated by Laurel!

Select this link for more info pertaining to the feature as well as info about other great poetry events!

https://www.norwalklib.org/index.aspx?NID=729

If you are in the general area, stop by for a wonderful night of poetry, prose and conversation.

Difficulty

Difficulty

When I strike the ground
With my pick axe
The ground does not yield

Easily

My strike is weak because
Of heavy weights laid on my shoulders
My strike is weak because
Of competing interests not synced with mine
My strike is weak because
Of my own negligence to prepare

My strength

Back to fundamentals of readiness
Back to fundamentals of discipline
Back to fundamentals of listening
Back to fundamentals of hearing
Back to fundamentals of feeling
Back to fundamentals of looking
Back to fundamentals of seeing

I go

Just Two Weeks Away!

My feature is just 2 weeks away!

I, along with poet Shanna Melton, will be featured in the Norwalk’s Poets in Conversation series at the Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk, Connecticut on Thursday, October 6th, 7pm- 8:30pm. The feature will hosted by Laurel Peterson, Poet Laureate of Norwalk. The feature will consist of Shanna and I reading our poetry and then a conversation between the poets will be moderated by Laurel!

Select this link for more info pertaining to the feature as well as info about other great poetry events!

https://www.norwalklib.org/index.aspx?NID=729

If you are in the general area, stop by for a wonderful night of poetry, prose and conversation.

Norwalk is easy to reach from many points in Connecticut and New York via the Metro North New Haven line as well as easily accessible by car via interstate 95.

Stay tuned. More information will be provided as the feature date approaches!

Majesty

Majesty

what do i feel
when i hear
my favorite song

i think of majesty
i think of triumph
i think of thrones

born poor,
don’t mention silver spoons
more like no spoons at all

no spoons, no pacifier
no bottle, no formula
only milk from a loving mother’s breast

fed me and made me strong

i think of majesty
i think of triumph
i think of thrones

we moved
to the tough neighborhoods
when i entered my teens

in the mornings
we ate grits
on weeknights we ate beans

it was then that
my mother was alone
just her and her six boys

I think of majesty
i think of triumph
i think of thrones

laughed at often for my high-water pants
ridiculed by many who learned
my younger brothers wore no shoes

told a many
times by many
i was destined for failure

told a many
times it was not
my right to rule

today those memories
of days of hardship
drive my goals

win or lose

i think of majesty
i think of triumph
I think of thrones

Poems about Great Dining

All my friends know I like to write about food from time to time (in my poems: “meatloaf at the airport” & ribs on the road”)…I am honored to have a poem about a meal & a NYC restaurant appear in dineANDrhyme! This is a great blog that blends great poetry with great dining! Check out some of the posts from many of the contributors in the links of this blog…and of course you can read my post too !

http://www.dineandrhymeblog.com/