Archive for April, 2013

Un-announced she arrives on his doorstep

Wide skirts billowing in the wind that wants to uncover her secrets

He hasn’t seen her in months

Forgetting her contribution to his momentary fill of pleasure

Hurriedly closing heavy front doors

He leads her round back

Under the huge Oak tree that stands off to one side of the property

And away from prying eyes and eavesdropping ears.

His own eyes, now full of dread and bulging out of his head

Marva Williams is ensconced in his parlor

An agitated Tommy feels the tentacles of doom closing about his person and he keeps looking around furtively

He rues his earlier dalliance, nearly collapsing when the woman says

“ I’m pregnant, and my parents have thrown me out.”

To be continued… 

Collina d'Oro  , Sunflowerfield and Oak

Joszann St. John


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One day at a time

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Woman in a rowing boat

Woman in a rowing boat (Photo credit: National Media Museum)

The cocoon of self wrapped tight

Cloaking the sleeping bud/ hiding out of sight

Some impetus/forces / agitates crisis

Of movement and change/no longer comfortable/slices

Through membranes, collapsing inward/dying to allow self/ to escape

Up and out/ full term/ sliding and scraped

 At first tentative/ peeping, cautious/ first steps/then bolder  

Sustained hunger/ now compelling satiety

Metamorphosis a reality

Rapidly changing structures/ transforming the newly minted canvas

Imagined perception/ crumbling/ it was supposed to be … but is total morass

Joszann St. John

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Death Valley


  • Time without beginning or end; infinite time.
  • The state or quality of being eternal.
  •  The timeless state following death.
  •  The afterlife; immortality.
  •  A very long or seemingly endless time:

“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart; but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end” Ecclesiastes 3:11

Every generation and culture that has ever walked the earth believes in some aspect of this concept. So where did it come from? I chose the scripture verse above because, I believe it speaks to the connection that we already have with eternity. Something has been deposited on our inside, which forces us to grasp the reality, that there exists a place, outside the realm of human comprehension. Eternity is relatively unknown, as I said earlier, some things are mysteries, and revelations of the mysterious are to be earned. We imagine many stories and theories of what we think eternity will be like. Personally, I think eternity will be the most sublime of all experiences.

The Bible has quite a lot to say on the subject, but what is most striking is the dual states it presents. We pass from life into death and eternity, eternity is unknown, largely because it is a place that many never return from and thirdly it is portrayed as a reward based on how we lived our lives on earth. So if eternity is a reward, earth is the preparation center. Whenever we are journeying, we always take some time to prepare ourselves and take with us the things we will need for our trip. Once we have entered into eternity there is no coming back, what you left behind, stays behind. People get rewarded for both good and bad behaviors in the earth realm; eternity seems to be a similar idea because we are told of two locations, Heaven and Hell. Since these states exist independent of time, we too must undergo change as we exit the realm where time operates and influence our actions. William Blake said To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour. Here the poet captures the essence of the thread of my musings.

The bible teaches that Eternity is a place like no other, the trials and problems of living in the earth realm will be no more. Living and death is interconnected. We must pass from one state to the other. I have mentioned before that death has meaning, life has meaning; they are two states of being.Time affects us all, as we can clearly see the aging process; occurring right before our eyes. From what the Bible teaches eternity will be a beautiful time for those who have prepared themselves to journey there.

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Virgin Islands School Children

“Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you’ve done will have mattered as much.” ― Lisa Wingate.

“As I interact with my children and other kids, I’m sometimes awestruck by these  precious and unique personalities.” – by Joszann St. John

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And she rides a white horse that thunders hard in the dark of night.

All the children snuggle tight in bed/hiding their heads in blankets and sheets.

Some between mother’s knees

On the blackest nights/when owls hoot and the hamlet lies still/ shrouded in whispers /of  fear beguiling.

They say she was a plantation owners wife/ of long ago and full of strife.

Spurned and lied to/ she took a knife/ her lover lived for a fortnight but she died

And became a blight/ her family never forgave.

It’s been generations/but she likes grand occasions

And so she comes/just before midnight/when celebration is in the atmosphere

Her horse galloping/ his nostrils flared/breathing hot air

And the hellion rides/ nary a care.

Announcing to all and sundry/ that she is still nutty as a hatter

Pride stamped on her haughty countenance

Weighty is her presence/long after she has departed.

By Joszann St. John

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Open Flower

Open Flower (Photo credit: Irwin-Scott)

They cannot shell His temple
Nor dynamite His throne;
They cannot bomb His city,
Nor rob Him of His own.
They cannot take Him captive,
Nor strike Him deaf and blind.
Nor starve Him to surrender,
Nor make Him change His mind.
They cannot cause Him panic,
Nor cut off His supplies,
They cannot take His kingdom,
Nor hurt Him with their lies.
Though all the world be shattered
His truth remains the same,
His righteous laws still potent
And “Father” still His name.
Though we face war and struggle,
And feel their goad and rod,
We know above confusion
There always will be God.

-A Murray

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