Coming to grips
With the entire cosmos
On a personal level
Grasping what is
From what will become
And the past we will use
To guide us
A part of nature
Flies on a banana
Owning nothing
In the end
And stumbling down
Crooked steps
To the caverns
Of trusted geometry
Through an atmosphere
Of paradise
With a sense
Of righteousness
And feelings of fertility
As we write our story
In the sand

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 six books of poetry: “March” (2019), “The Seasons of Us” (2019), New Days (2020), Fragments (2021), A Long Walk (2023) and Sojourns (2024) . His work has appeared widely in numerous literary journals, magazines, and anthologies internationally. John is also a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. He lives in Caledon Ontario, Canada with his wife and two children. Read other articles by John.