Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 10/09/20


I’ve lived through
Too much trauma
To rely on memories
My mind has difficulty
Looking backwards
Too much going
Where energy fails
Where things
Are better left silent
As Beckett waits
For whatever he’s
Waiting for
And where nothing stirs
Beyond my frailty
Casting only short shadows
Across tomorrow


And radiating visions
In an ardent burning
Of echoing cries
Expressions of perception
And new emotions
Through the jagged firs
Of a sulfurous landscape
Where the breaking
Of branches
Creates stronger branches
Under a weeping sky
With the river running wild
In the glory of ugliness
Wrong side out
Within the ecstasies
Of brooding style
And the changing color
Of the heart

©2020 John Drudge All rights reserved.

John is a social worker working in the field of disability management and holds degrees in social work, rehabilitation services, and psychology. He is the author of two books of poetry: March and The Seasons of Us (both published in 2019). His work has appeared widely in literary journals, magazines, and anthologies internationally. John is also a Pushcart Prize nominee and lives in Caledon Ontario, Canada with his wife and two children.

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