Biography of John McCornack
Do you like Red Dirt Poetry? Do you love to walk a red dirt road and feel a fence post. If you do, you have come to the right place.
I am a Caterpillar Engineer by training, but my primary love is photography. I spend many hours traveling down the backroads in my home state of Oklahoma, looking for that special sunset, old barn, or a windmill. Many of my photographs are available for viewing on various internet sites. In general my poems are short and to the point. Most were written to illustrate my photography.
I have over 2000 web pages, all of which include poetry from various poets who have writen poems to illustrate my photos. My Home Page may be found at
John McCornack Poems
One more Mile
Give me the strength to travel one more mile To out in the country where people still farm To where there is still a sense of community With wheat fields, horses, plus many a barn
Rain..Rain.. Aren’t you coming back.. A rain already here. Please don`t let me alone with a rain...
Being an Okie
One of our nations best kept secrets Is the advantage of an Okie lifestyle A place where life can be rewarding Where everyone has reason to smile
Cloud Chief Horses
I never had a horse at Cloud Chief Even though horses were in season My dad would say I ate like a horse So to save food that was the reason
Down by the North Canadian south of Route 66 Sunset memories in my soul come flooding back Glorious colors, from deep turquoise to hot pink Fill the western sky while the wild ducks quack
Spring is everywhere, On the ground and in the air. We can find spring in water, And feel it in an old barn!
The Road of Life
In the quiet country side out east of Cloud Chief My family waited for my birth with anticipation Dust was extra thick as we were in the dust bowl But through it all I added one to the population
Love the Blue
Somewhere out between Yukon and El Reno is Banner It is a great place to travel when clouds form in the sky It is this area where many farm families still call home I love to drive their roads and watch a sunset intensify
Ice on that far distance horizon Ice that paints the country side ice that bathes the horse barns Ice that serves as a winter guide
My Grandpa taught me: Don't worry about the future. But know that worrying is as effective
Ever so slowly the great wheel of life turns Mother Earth smiles as we all scurry about Searching for this and that But what is it that we want….
Guess what I found at Marie Calendar's Large Sticky buns and Hazzleberry pies Designed to be appealing to one’s eyes But now I must take the road back home
It was another magical moment to enjoy life A special time to travel with companionship Time to check out our snow covered roads A time to travel and plan a very special trip
Venus de Milo
Did you wonder how Venus could milk a cow Since obviously, she does not have any arms She could hold the bucket between her legs But she would be useless around diary farms
Guess what I found at Marie Calendar's
Large Sticky buns and Hazzleberry pies
Designed to be appealing to one’s eyes
But now I must take the road back home
But maybe tomorrow I will be back here
With my Sony digital camera in my hand
If l am sober and the creek don’t expand
Will be searching for places to eat alone