John Drudge (Western Voices 2020)

Exclusive: Western Voices, 2020: Edited by Scott Thomas Outlar
Bio: John is a social worker working in the field of disability management. He is the author of two books of poetry: “March” (2019) and “The Seasons of Us” (2019). His work has also appeared in the Arlington Literary Journal, The Rye Whiskey Review, Poetica Review, Drinkers Only, Literary Yard, The Alien Buddha Press, Montreal Writes, Mad Swirl, The Avocet, Sparks of Caliope, Harbinger Asylum, Black Coffee Review, The Ekphrastic Review, Cajun Mutt Press, Dissident Voice, La Piccioletta Barca Literary Journal Cambridge University, Beyond Words Literary Journal, Writers and Readers Magazine, the Adelaide Literary Magazine, and the Pangolin Review. John is a Pushcart Prize nominee and lives in Caledon Ontario, Canada with his wife and two children.

Time’s Up
It was a time
Of isolation
Of inward journeys
Through fear
And boredom
Into the blank stares
Of strangers
Through the fog
Of paranoia
And the thorny bramble
Of dark days
Beyond the cries
Of the self-doomed
And the hollow
To connect
With our own hearts
And to each other
To build a New Jerusalem
Of seeing eyes
And those ready
For the shift

Kierkegaard’s Dog

Alpha and Omega
And the one true God
Smug in all their guises
Word art
Warding off evil
In an ancient world
Where all roads
Lead to nowhere
And Rome is wild enough
Without our digging
Where things are better
Left unsaid
Beneath the surface
Of the clear road
With the sounds
Of butterflies breathing
Anchoring everything
To the soul
And anxiety ridden
Like Kierkegaard’s dog
Frail from saving himself
From impossible choices

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