New Fields of Glory

Everybody knows
So much
That it’s painful
In the grips
Of a new reckoning
Wild pig hunting
With sub-machine guns
The noise
Of destruction
Quieted only
By the jelly of the brain
To bend the spine
To mush
Turning everything
Into what ails us
Riding too far
Beyond the dream
Toward new fields
Of vacant glory

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.