December 25-31, 203: Poetry from Richard Johnson and Robert Schatz

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Richard Johnson

Richard Eric Johnson has authored five volumes of poetry. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He holds a B.A. in Germanic Languages and an M.S. in Education with both degrees earned at Indiana University. He is retired and resides in Arlington, Virginia.

The following work is Copyright © 2023, and owned by Richard Johnson and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

After the Event

pounding drums
bass lead guitars
keyboard other instruments
my eardrums earthquaking

lost half my hearing
years ago satchel charge
wing of a plane
fuel and bombs loaded

in between
this now that then
destructions constructions
shoutings in out sides

I just love
3 a.m. on a country road
cracked window air
crescendo decrescendo

no radio
no voices
curves and straightaways
vision dark ahead

muse quiet
light of dawn

Robert Schatz

Robert Schatz is a social psychology professor in Denver Colorado.

The following work is Copyright © 2023, and owned by Robert Schatz and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Limbus Infantum

My brother went to limbo
Stillborn and unbaptized
Faultless but Original Sin
Status unknown
A soul in liminal space
Lost between heaven and hell
Damnation spared
Salvation denied
Consigned by papal decree
Resigned to the Mercy of God
Wrenched, a mother’s heart

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