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Free To Be Me is a tribute to all the Seekers that have nurtured my belief that we are all one. Each poem meditates on an aspect of being human and wanting non-other than to share in the possibility, that we can look upon the face of God, and see our reflection. In this collection of poetry, which I have written over the years, I only have the words to repeat what the universe has whispered in my ear, spoken with a virtuous breath not my own, for I borrow all that I am from all that has been and is.
In the title poem I offer this book as a gift to bring the reader the peace of mind that comes from believing in yourself, and finding the way, to finally say “I’m free to be me”.
A Cameo Collection of Short Poems & Morning Minuets. New and previously loved poems capturing a moment in time and space.
“The language of John’s poems is natural and spontaneous, the simple words of everyday parlance. Artless expression is not automatic, however, and is far more difficult to achieve than it appears. John is a poet who does it well and is able at the same time to preserve the rhythm. Some of the poems hint of the concise perfection of short form Oriental poetry. In this volume, the first line, always italicized, constitutes each poem’s title.”
Ajijic is a small village nestled on the north shore of Lake Chapala, Mexico’s largest lake. Surrounded by the Sierra Madres, it is a world unto itself, where behind the walls, windows and doors are always open and welcoming. After visiting, it was only a matter of time before I returned to what is now home.These poems speak of a celebration of life and death, a festival of music, church bells, and children laughing. They speak of the toil and contentment of living in nature’s garden, where each day begins with a morning symphony.
In Ajijic two worlds live side by side harmoniously. Walls separate one another, yet life dances to the rhythm of conscious matter and mystery, and time is only what you make of it.
Father Hunting is a journey in poetic narrative, of searching for a father, who left a four year old standing on the platform of a train station, never to return, until one day several decades later they met in a cold, northern city. In that moment all his questions over the years were answered: old rags and brittle bone/had been where he had been/and covered his tracks well/his father let his bones die/ let his legs ground to sand/and he had been denied/the final moments of the hunt.
Father Hunting is a positive example of dealing with a history of abandonment. and when the child becomes a father, overcoming child custody, and coming full circle in a loving father/son relationship.