BALANCE OF YEAR

BALANCE OF YEAR

Balance of year —and to the chagrin of a few friends and mentors— I am posting my latest pandemic binge of poetry on my blog and my personal pages (Twitter, FB, IG). I’m a strong believer in submitting work to publishers I
join a few friends/mentors in encouraging others to do so. However, I want to do something a little different for a temporary period. I won’t publish any of these to group pages —that’s a big No-No (unless invited to).

After the new year, I plan to return to my usual habit of submitting new work to publishers.

You may follow these pandemic binge poems on the following social media networks:

twitter.com/jetjohn3
facebook.com/jtjpoetry
jtjohnpoet.com

QUARANTINE

QUARANTINE

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Northbound on the Jersey Turnpike,
My car speeds through the rain.
More rain, I think to myself. Just
like the Carolinas, just like Virginia,
just like Maryland and Delaware.
State after state, rain, rain, rain.

I wondered that if I didn’t stop for a
bathroom or a food break could
I count my driving day as day one.
According to Connecticut law
two weeks quarantine was required
after visiting a hot zone.

I visited a southern beach. My visit
was after Labor Day. The beach
was empty. I had the place to
myself and my accommodations
were cheap. Nonetheless, I paid
in quarantine time upon my return.

Leaving the turnpike, crossing
the George Washington bridge
was easy. The rain had finally,
stopped. Up Route 9 to the
Saw Mill then to the Cross
County then to the Hutch then
to six-eighty-four, easy.

The hard part was when I
arrived at home. Quarantine
Continued. I checked my fridge.
Nothing to eat. I pulled my
smart phone from my pocket.
I ordered my food to be delivered.

The next five days consisted
of working from home all day,
ordering food delivered from
restaurants, ordering grocery
deliveries, eating breakfast,
eating lunch, eating dinner,

mid-morning snacks, mid-afternoon.
snacks. evening snacks, midnight.
snacks. ordering deliveries of bottles
of wine, writing, reading, writing,
ordering more food, more wine,
working, eating, working, drinking.

After day five I called a timeout.
I looked at the state law on online
I found that at this point if I tested
negative, I could end my quarantine.
I showered and shaved for the first
time in five days and put on fresh clothes.

I awoke my car from its five day nap,
cranked it up and headed down to
the test center that I’d found online.
I arrived, stayed in the car, called
the number listed on the big sign
displayed in the parking area.

It wasn’t long before someone
tapped on my car window, gave
me a clipboard with a form
attached and asked me to
complete it. I did, gave it back.
they left, returned —swab in hand.

After returning home, I changed
into my workout attire and walked
on the treadmill for half an hour.
i finished work and fixed dinner,
chopped salad and baked salmon.
I drank a bottle of sparkling water.

Day six and seven I repeated what
I started on day five. In addition
to eating fish and chopped salads
and exercise, I resumed a hobby
that I started but put aside due
to not having time for it in the past.

By the end of day seven, my coin
collection book was half-full.
I had several boxes of old coins
left but I was excited. I poured
myself a big glass of sparkling
water with lime to celebrate.

Day eight started early for me.
mediation first, treadmill, shower
and dress for work -at home,
treadmill for lunch, back to work.
My cell phone rang, it was the clinic,
my test results were negative.

Quarantine. Over.

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(c) 2020, Jerry T Johnson

You may follow Jerry’s work on the following social media networks:

jtjohnpoet.com
twitter.com/jetjohn3
facebook.com/jtjpoetry

FATIGUED

FATIGUED

You stare at yourself in the mirror
Your eyes red, your hair distressed,
You’re not smiling, You’re fatigued.
You’re in the middle of a another
lockdown, another surge,
another day of teleconferences,
one after the other over
and over ad nauseam.
another day of fretting
over politics, another day
of mourning over murders,
another day of hearing
talking heads, another
day of strident division,
another day of children
—fatigued too, at home
all day, all night, all week.

“This is exhausting,” you
mutter to yourself. You just
want to remove your face mask
and sit in a room crowded with
a thousand mask-less people
and declare your freedom.
But your common sense
appears and annoys you.
You realize you are in a tsunami.
You realize you must stand down
from errant and misguided notions.
You realize you must let this tsunami
pass, and deal with the aftermath
and the ruin and the wreckage for
a while and a while and a while.

You sweat from the strain of
your rumination, you sit down,
you point the remote at the tube
once again, the news is on and
you hear breaking news:
Vaccination is ninety-five
percent effective. Sunlight
streams through the vent your
curtains. You lift your sorrow
drenched head. Grateful.

My Pandemic Related Poems

Since nearly, every publisher, on earth, states in their guidelines: NO PANDEMIC POEMS, PLEASE (ouch, those caps are loud), I am posting my pandemic binge on my blog and my personal pages (Twitter, FB, IG). After the new year, I plan to submit new work to publishers.

Oh, for those who frowned at my “on earth” reference, I did submit some poems to Neptune but so far I got no response.

THREE, TWO, ONE… ZERO

THREE, TWO, ONE…ZERO!!!

TODAY at 4:00PM:

A. i. Firefly & Mike Jurkovic Rock great weather for Media’s Spoken Word Sunday’s

great weather for Media is bringing you another great poetry event with 2 amazing features:

Mike Jurkovic, Poet – Walkill, New York
-and-
Ai. Firefly, Poet – Staten Island, New York!

When:
Sunday, November 22nd – 4pm-6pm EDT

Where: ONLINE ZOOM

YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ADMITTANCE: click link to register via
Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

Also: ONLINE – STREAMED LIVE on great weather for MEDIA’s facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/great.weather/

Plus open mic. 3 minute time limit. The host will be taking open mic signups during the event.

Hosted by Jerry T. Johnson

21+

POET BIOs

A.i. Firefly was born in 1979 in a crazy little town called Staten Island, NY. Poet, musician, educator, wife & mama, she has been featured in print and on the web by publications such as NYSAI, Having A Whiskey Coke with You, great weather for MEDIA, and is active in the expansive international poetry scene on Instagram as @a.i.firefly.
Photo by Kristopher Johnson, Deep Tanks Studio

A 2016 Pushcart nominee, Mike Jurkovic’s poetry and musical criticism has appeared in Main Street Rag, Conclave, Comstock Review, North Dakota Quarterly, California Quarterly, Chronogram, Wisconsin Review, etc., with little reportable income. His full-length collections are AmericanMental (Luchador Press 2020), Blue Fan Whirring (Nirala Press, 2018), smitten by harpies & shiny banjo catfish (Lion Autumn Press, 2016), and Eve’s Venom (Post Traumatic Press, 2014). Anthology credits include Calling All Poets 20th Anniversary Anthology, Reflecting Pool: Poets & the Creative Process (Codhill Press, 2018), and Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose (Bright Hill Press, 2018). He is the President of “Calling All Poets” (New Paltz /Beacon, NY.)
He loves Emily most of all.

http://www.mikejurkovic.com / http://www.callingallpoets.net

Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

ONE!!!

ONE!!!

We are ONE DAY AWAY from:

A. i. Firefly & Mike Jurkovic Rock great weather for Media’s Spoken Word Sunday’s

great weather for Media is bringing you another great poetry event with 2 amazing features:

Mike Jurkovic, Poet – Walkill, New York
-and-
Ai. Firefly, Poet – Staten Island, New York!

When:
Sunday, November 22nd – 4pm-6pm EDT

Where: ONLINE ZOOM

YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ADMITTANCE: click link to register via
Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

Also: ONLINE – STREAMED LIVE on great weather for MEDIA’s facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/great.weather/

Plus open mic. 3 minute time limit. The host will be taking open mic signups during the event.

Hosted by Jerry T. Johnson

21+

POET BIOs

A.i. Firefly was born in 1979 in a crazy little town called Staten Island, NY. Poet, musician, educator, wife & mama, she has been featured in print and on the web by publications such as NYSAI, Having A Whiskey Coke with You, great weather for MEDIA, and is active in the expansive international poetry scene on Instagram as @a.i.firefly.
Photo by Kristopher Johnson, Deep Tanks Studio

A 2016 Pushcart nominee, Mike Jurkovic’s poetry and musical criticism has appeared in Main Street Rag, Conclave, Comstock Review, North Dakota Quarterly, California Quarterly, Chronogram, Wisconsin Review, etc., with little reportable income. His full-length collections are AmericanMental (Luchador Press 2020), Blue Fan Whirring (Nirala Press, 2018), smitten by harpies & shiny banjo catfish (Lion Autumn Press, 2016), and Eve’s Venom (Post Traumatic Press, 2014). Anthology credits include Calling All Poets 20th Anniversary Anthology, Reflecting Pool: Poets & the Creative Process (Codhill Press, 2018), and Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose (Bright Hill Press, 2018). He is the President of “Calling All Poets” (New Paltz /Beacon, NY.)
He loves Emily most of all.

http://www.mikejurkovic.com / http://www.callingallpoets.net

Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

ICYMI

ICYMI

Just so everyone is aware:

First & Foremost! The November 22nd gwfM Spoken Word Sunday Event is all about our outstanding features and the open mic’ers!

Secondly and last – November 22nd is my 65th birthday! And I am celebrating it by hosting an outstanding event with outstanding features! And I do plan to open up the program with a Bang with the opening poem! (Or if my bang turns into flop, we will move right along with the program)

So come on out and enjoy the program with me (and slip me a little happy birthday greeting in the process) !!!

Program Details listed below:

A. i. Firefly & Mike Jurkovic Rock great weather for Media’s Spoken Word Sunday’s

great weather for Media is bringing you another great poetry event with 2 amazing features:

Mike Jurkovic, Poet – Walkill, New York
-and-
Ai. Firefly, Poet – Staten Island, New York!

When:
Sunday, November 22nd – 4pm-6pm EDT

Where: ONLINE ZOOM

YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ADMITTANCE: click link to register via
Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

Also: ONLINE – STREAMED LIVE on great weather for MEDIA’s facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/great.weather/

Plus open mic. 3 minute time limit. The host will be taking open mic signups during the event.

Hosted by Jerry T. Johnson

21+

POET BIOs

A.i. Firefly was born in 1979 in a crazy little town called Staten Island, NY. Poet, musician, educator, wife & mama, she has been featured in print and on the web by publications such as NYSAI, Having A Whiskey Coke with You, great weather for MEDIA, and is active in the expansive international poetry scene on Instagram as @a.i.firefly.
Photo by Kristopher Johnson, Deep Tanks Studio

A 2016 Pushcart nominee, Mike Jurkovic’s poetry and musical criticism has appeared in Main Street Rag, Conclave, Comstock Review, North Dakota Quarterly, California Quarterly, Chronogram, Wisconsin Review, etc., with little reportable income. His full-length collections are AmericanMental (Luchador Press 2020), Blue Fan Whirring (Nirala Press, 2018), smitten by harpies & shiny banjo catfish (Lion Autumn Press, 2016), and Eve’s Venom (Post Traumatic Press, 2014). Anthology credits include Calling All Poets 20th Anniversary Anthology, Reflecting Pool: Poets & the Creative Process (Codhill Press, 2018), and Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose (Bright Hill Press, 2018). He is the President of “Calling All Poets” (New Paltz /Beacon, NY.)
He loves Emily most of all.

http://www.mikejurkovic.com / http://www.callingallpoets.net

Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

TWO!!!

TWO!!!

We are TWO DAYS AWAY from:

A. i. Firefly & Mike Jurkovic Rock great weather for Media’s Spoken Word Sunday’s

great weather for Media is bringing you another great poetry event with 2 amazing features:

Mike Jurkovic, Poet – Walkill, New York
-and-
Ai. Firefly, Poet – Staten Island, New York!

When:
Sunday, November 22nd – 4pm-6pm EDT

Where: ONLINE ZOOM

YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ADMITTANCE: click link to register via
Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

Also: ONLINE – STREAMED LIVE on great weather for MEDIA’s facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/great.weather/

Plus open mic. 3 minute time limit. The host will be taking open mic signups during the event.

Hosted by Jerry T. Johnson

21+

POET BIOs

A.i. Firefly was born in 1979 in a crazy little town called Staten Island, NY. Poet, musician, educator, wife & mama, she has been featured in print and on the web by publications such as NYSAI, Having A Whiskey Coke with You, great weather for MEDIA, and is active in the expansive international poetry scene on Instagram as @a.i.firefly.
Photo by Kristopher Johnson, Deep Tanks Studio

A 2016 Pushcart nominee, Mike Jurkovic’s poetry and musical criticism has appeared in Main Street Rag, Conclave, Comstock Review, North Dakota Quarterly, California Quarterly, Chronogram, Wisconsin Review, etc., with little reportable income. His full-length collections are AmericanMental (Luchador Press 2020), Blue Fan Whirring (Nirala Press, 2018), smitten by harpies & shiny banjo catfish (Lion Autumn Press, 2016), and Eve’s Venom (Post Traumatic Press, 2014). Anthology credits include Calling All Poets 20th Anniversary Anthology, Reflecting Pool: Poets & the Creative Process (Codhill Press, 2018), and Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose (Bright Hill Press, 2018). He is the President of “Calling All Poets” (New Paltz /Beacon, NY.)
He loves Emily most of all.

http://www.mikejurkovic.com / http://www.callingallpoets.net

Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751