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 four books of poetry: “March” (2019), “The Seasons of Us” (2019), New Days (2020), and Fragments (2021). 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.


The quiet 
Grows close
On the pond
As the sun
Dips over the ridge
And the snow starts
In the cold scattering
Of November’s tears
Brisk and remorseful
As the things
That were supposed to
Stay forgotten
Streak across the surface
Of a bold
And regretful sky
The time beyond words
Becoming us
In the twilight
Of our knowing

The Edge

The line between 
Glamour and the gutter
Is a fine one
A shiny facade
In the face
Of certain demise
We are precarious 
At best
As we squirm
In the light
Of a new harvest moon
Against the blackness
Of our lost
And forgotten

Over Again

To believe
And not believe
At the same time
To seek out a new
Measurement of truth
In the evening
And in the morning
And as the day spins 
Into another tomorrow
Over and over

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