Saturday, August 1, 2020




Consolation in joy
Affirmation in sorrow
The randomness
Of modern life
Not easily reflected
In hardened eyes
As we gaze out
From this new cult
Of ugliness
Suffering in perpetual regret
Awakened to nothing
Victims of vanity
As the clock ticks down


Every story
Taken to its end
Has the same ending
And we know it
But strike on
We must
Toward the lone
Shining light
That guides us
Toward the rocks
Of our beckoning
Toward the last
Fresh dawn
On the horizon
As we exhale
Into a nourishing sun

Down Below

We are nature
Uniquely significant
Turbulent and original
In our shaping
And forward moving
By design
Forgoing nostalgia
For novelty
Where everything
Is here now
Living within
The divine spark
Of will
In the ruins
Of our discontent
With transparent seeing eyes
Within the grandeur
Of ordinary life
Toiling beneath the surface
Where we never
Quite belong


Beneath our own
Net of stars
Between the big bang’s
And the black hole’s
Nearing destruction
Where old sins
Cast long shadows
Beneath the sky’s
Ashen cry
Before the awakening
And where we simplify
In harmony with nature
Taking what the mountain
Gives us
In a unified field
Through shifting time
Where the only real fear
Is not waking up
To love

At a Distance

The hidden magic
Of an ultra-violet
Of light and electricity
Photo eccentricity
In the cosmic fabric
Like a cat
Among pigeons
With the nature of reality
Bleeding below
As revolutions of madness
Rest in chaos
And ripples drift
Across a flat sea


It’s time
To celebrate existence
By slowing down
Jumping in
To the centre of it all
Flashing forward
And beyond
As time
Folds into fog
Behind that one last breath
Of our breaking grasp


JOHN DRUDGE 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 in the Arlington Literary Journal, The Rye Whiskey Review, Poetica Review, Drinkers Only, Literary Yard, The Alien Buddha Press, Montreal Writes, Mad Swirl, La Picoletta Barca Literary Journal (Cambridge University), The Avocet, Hibiscus, The Pangolin Review, Writers and Readers Magazine, Sparks of Caliope, Harbinger Asylum, Beyond Words Literary Magazine, Black Coffee Review, Redshift 4, Setu Magazine, The Ekphrastic Review, and the Adelaide Literary Magazine.  John is a Pushcart Prize nominee and lives in Caledon Ontario, Canada with his wife and two children.

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