John Drudge

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 numerous literary journals, magazines, and anthologies internationally. John is also a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee and lives in Caledon Ontario, Canada with his wife and two children.

Lost in Fields of Dreams

Without the wisdom
Of the downtrodden
Society is rudderless
A weakened link
Of nature
With a longing thirst
For better days
There is much
To be learned
In the muck and mire
Of creation
There is much to be gained
From the damned
And there is everything
To be gathered
From the fields
Of history
Worn down
And trampled upon
But rarely ever
Picked over

Sumerian Song

But what
In all the world
Could have happened
To it
The end of civilization
Dissolving into
A land
Between two rivers
Beneath the clear
Glittering crystal
Of ancient quartz
And the drying
Flood planes
Of my lost
Desire

Already Home

Returning home
On foot
Down the winding road
Through the village
Over the bridge
By the old brick mill
Chasing dandelion dreams
To pass the time
And telling each other
Our wishes
With the future wild
And enticing
On another
Endless summer day
Before everything
Changed
And the new world
Spun cold

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