Just Thoughts


(Born 1953 – 2012)


Glazed eyes upon wine

Sweet love plucked in time

True tears sit on edge

Lips light upon the ridge

Of sweet moments spent

And laughter went

Mine and thine.


(Born 1953 – 2012)


Such pain within,


Influence of dominance and pure evil.

Not sword, but knife

Slow judder in time.

Twists and turns,

Heart, thine bleeds

Forever gone.


(Born 1953 – 2012)



Custom loyalties

Status and pride

Such savage battles


This poem attaches meaning to so many various scenarios experienced within one’s own life.  Shown are strong emotions, but tense is missing and actions by whom, a force of strength is exuded to the reader.  It very much relies on the use of nouns to qualify characteristics and an adjective to demonstrate fierce and devastating events.  The word savage could equally be a verb relating to the ferocious attack by a human-animal tenaciously struggling and resisting something – a sustained fight.  The conjunction connects one’s stand-point and achievements.  Johnston’s work makes the reader reflect on his or her own life’s events – it seems unavoidable – and savagely battle with what, whom or who this poem is about, linking it back to the title ‘Ownership’ (White, 2014).





(Born 1953 – 2012)





I am, but dead,

Heart and soul.

You see,

I am, but shell.


This poem shows double meaning and uses language of sorrow with some repetition.  The use of ‘I’ stands out as if to demonstrate the start of life and then becomes much smaller towards the end of life, closing with a metaphor.  There cannot be physical death expressed here because of the words, ‘I am’ being in the present tense.  Therefore, Johnston is asking the reader to search deeply as to a self-portrait of whom, or what, for effect.  It is questionable as to the reference, mollusc, crustacean or human life.  The words ‘heart’ and ‘soul’ are debatable as to whether they are one or two separate entities, which add a touch of mystery, as does the heading ‘place’.  Shell literally, is a hard protective case, yet the poem exudes the opposite.  This makes Johnston’s work authentic, as it could relate to any gender, any age, and many circumstances within one’s own life, as well as any other living animal, like some of her other written works (White, 2014).