Brian Johnston

(Jan.20,1943 / Oklahoma)

College: The Sandcastle


The child played on the shore all day,
Preferring fortress peace to boat,
The noon-bright gulls knifed waves of air,
Blurs in the brief expanse of moat.

One tower rose, a stubby knot,
The grand gate, scratches on a wall,
And no bridge spanned the moat at all,
For sea had cleaned the beach of clay.

In half-light limped a fragment moon,
As youthful eyes watched waves draw near,
His stark foot left a seaward ruin,
That sweeping crests rushed without thought.

Submitted: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Topic(s): Childhood


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Brian Johnston
OU Undergraduate (about 1968)

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