Springtime in Paris

In the springtime
With the sky
A mixture of mauve
And slate
Walking toward
The crest
Of the unknown
With a view to the past
And the present
Swollen with possibilities
Beyond flesh and bone
And spattered
With the blood of loss
But still standing
With eyes that have seen
Too much
With scattered thoughts
On the head of a pin
Seeping fervid prayers
For forgiveness
And stumbling blindly
Into the refuge
Of the streets

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.