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
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
My Grandpa taught me: Don't worry about the future. But know that worrying is as effective
Everyone loves a two for one deal Expecially a two horse layout view For it has a beginning and the end Where double pleasure becomes true
Join me in a cyber tour of the city of Paris Where Napoleon used to rule and call home That city filled with history and excitement For on their streets Americans love to roam
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
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!
Rain..Rain.. Aren’t you coming back.. A rain already here. Please don`t let me alone with a rain...
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
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
I will no longer worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will always be there, Waiting for me to make the most of it. But I cannot make the most of tomorrow
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
The right of passage was to climb Mt. Scott
Many climbs ended with scratches on arms
But for young kids from nearby Cloud Chief
Was a challenge that beat working on farms
Upward we all went over one rock at a time
Being first to stand on top was one's dream
As we reached the top we shouted with joy
As each had just improved their self-esteem