Bramble and Broken Bush

What was it that brought me here and when do I leave,

Was it a magical wind from down by the lake,

Or a salty ocean breeze?


Did it place me here to ride out time and other lifelong storms,

Or did it simply plant me here to keep life moving on?


Was it that I was to travel through and change another’s life,

Or walk with someone who was lost acting as their guide?


When was the time or day to come that I’d finished out this ride

And take the saddle from my steed as we crossed to the other side?


When did life take control with a pull and little push

Leading me upon my travels through the bramble and broken bush


Then when back upon the road on the other side of town

Left me to go on my own to discover the world around!


To see the darkness in life’s light

To taste the sweetness in ripe fruit and bitterness in green rinds


To learn from all that I encountered

The meaning of life’s tides….

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Johnny Johnston
Johnny Johnstonhttp://www.blufengr-art.com/
An artist/writer as well as graduate of the University of South Carolina with degrees in journalism/20th Century American Literature, and retired senior executive of several international hotel/resort corporations, Johnny is the product of the south having been raised in the ever-changing transient lifestyle of a Carolina coastal resort. A point where he discovered, within his 300-year-old heritage and the world's dramatic social/cultural shifts during the late '60s to early 80’s an ambitious hunger and overwhelming curiosity to touch, see and become a participant in the virtually unlimited possibilities offered to those who wish for and seek life experiences. A journey which when hearing its details initially makes one a bit skeptical, questioning its validity as it is hard to imagine that incidents such as these may have crossed one man’s lifetime. This is the fodder required to step into zones exposing one's personal inner self, which many of his paintings and the words he writes do, openly. An ability to see and hear the tragic, beautiful, accomplished, exciting journey in a life free of inhibitions allowing others the opportunity to live vicariously and become, through his works, a part of its future. His larger works which have been featured in several Colorado and Fredericksburg Texas galleries and resorts have produced a number of collectors and fans. However, over the years, his paintings are mostly viewed by friends, enthusiastic new artist encountered on the streets or a small number of acquaintances he meets when dining in local cafés with his wife.


  1. I just love this line Johnny..
    “To see the darkness in life’s light“
    The self reflections…
    When we discover the darkness…we really are finding out the meaning of our life.
    Deep thoughts That’s me today!
    Thank you

    • Wish my mind would release its hesitation and allow me the ability to visualize my thoughts more clearly because sometimes when I write I fear people don’t understand that which I’m trying to convey. Then again I truly write for my own pleasure so should it really matter….lol