by K.E. Johnson
K. E. Johnson’s collection of poetry is a diverse anthology of verse relating to different aspects of his life experiences. The first section, aptly named “Love,” relates to the author’s experiences in romance; the second, entitled “Life Embraces,” embraces the author’s philosophical side; and the third, named “Spiritual Awareness,” addresses the author’s religious views and his relationship to the divine.
For instance, in the first section, the poem “A Thousand Pardons, Mrs. Lady” attempts a poetic seduction of an exceedingly attractive woman. The author makes reference to this beauty as follows:
A thousand pardons, Mrs. Lady,
But if you were mine
I would love you and that’s no lie
For your beauty is like a bouquet of roses draped all in wine.
The poems in the proceeding section, “Life Embraces,” present both tragic and hopeful tones in relation to situations in the world today. “Sorrow” describes mainly dejection and despair:
So what am I to do? Where am I to go when this world’s only hope is shoved out the door?
The hope of love, which once was here, gone in the shadows of man’s follies, does it disappear?
Lastly, in the final section of the collection, the author addresses spirituality and his relationship to the mystical world. His relationship with the spiritual realm is the primary focus of the end of his collection, providing a comforting closure to his life journey in verse.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
K. E. Johnson received his associate’s degree in environmental engineering, his associate of arts degree, and his associate’s degree in occupational technology. He enjoys weightlifting, fishing, hunting, and playing basketball. Most of the poems in this collection were written 23 years ago while he was stationed in Giessen, West Germany in the U. S. Army and included experiences he had there. There is a 23-year gap between the poems Paradise Found and Paradise Lost. One represents fantasy and the other represents reality. Each is indicative of how the author sees life at a younger age as opposed to an older one.
(2008, paperback, 56 pages)