Windows And Doors

Inside every outside,

life disrobes unknown windows pushing open bolted doors,

Moving thru deep clutter scattered beneath societal waste,

Where seared within minds shifting atop moss covered catacombs,

We peer. 

A time moving,

From one place shrouded in history,

Into moments where everything is unknown.

We encounter,

Deep sills,

Wide thresholds,

Thin Ledges,

And stoops meant for rest.

If weary,

You seem. 

Then in lifes tumble,

Unexpected by few,

And down massive walls of inexperience and curiosity,

We awaken.

We awaken to the knowledge,

That past perceptions,

During each and every journey,

Which took one into,


Or out of,

This place,

Or that moment,

Are settled without invitation,

Upon our entry.

Then gathering gained wisdom,

We push through wide arches and past broken shutters,

Where hearts beat and the mind frantically attempts to make amends,

Arriving unclothed,

To discover uncovered,

A place in which mysteries unknown,

The naked finality beyond life’s next breath.’ 

A finality in but one moment,

A single movement of a thousand years,

Where life’s latch opens,

Unlocked illusions,

Exposing dreams whichever hidden,

Reveal youthful fantasies,

Once born from within.

To enter and discover in times ancient doorways,

That which we guessed our world would always be,

On its inside,

Beckoning entry to the outside,

Of those many windows and doors,

We’ve seen…….

Johnny Johnston
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. Johnny my friend you write with strong INK bold with colors yet deep with shadows. You carry us along a dusty hallway where mystery lives behind each door. You are a poet with a deep soul one from ancient times, the time our elders whispered the secrets of life. I absolute love this.



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