Come let’s journey into the winds and summer breeze,

Atop the great sequoia,

Beneath the raging seas.

Let’s imagine what we may discover,

The places yet unseen,

The snows of Kilimanjaro,

The greatest Pyrenees.

Close your eyes and believe in wonder,

This journey on which you travel free,

A safari through the darkest jungles,

Or the shores on far off ancient Greece.

Take a train to the crystal lakes of Northern Sweden,

An island in the Balinese seas,

The sands of Indonesia,

The beaches of the Philippines.

Come let’s visit the coast of Ireland,

The home of Christ,

And all that is the Middle East.

The deepest darkest continent of Africa,

Australia’s massive Barrier Reef,

The windblown shores and driest deserts,

The smallest village and greatest cities.

Come let’s visit our imagination into the winds and summer dreams.

Open a book and come with me.


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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.
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Len Bernat

Johnny – Another wonderful poem that reminds us to make the most of our short time on this old Earth. Strong ink, my friend.

Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler

Open a book and come with me. Indeed I will for I know you my friend will take us on an amazing Journey

Susan Rooks

Ah, Johnny, you got me with this one! I’ve been reading since I was about 2 (so my mother always said), and I can’t imagine a world without books to read. Lovely poem / story!

Valerie Collins

I love how this piece flows while taking you to the tips of these places and on to a new destination.