Breath of Life
My happiness floats on the trills of your laughter –
And the sacred light waves from your eyes.
Wave after wave of love’s deep communion
Drown me in thoughts of you with carefree abandon -
A soft, loving mist born from the womb of time.
You come to me from crushing eons of longing -
On soul prayers scrawled across the pale sky;
Describing a need and unquenchable desire
Carried from wind-swept paths of infinity.
Somewhere in illusion’s towering presence, you came,
An unforgettable image, dwelling in my soul;
Beauty personified caressing my thought waves;
Not born of imagination, for I knew you were real.
You, my answered prayer, flew to me in a rush,
Bringing with you all the love I had longed for,
That I might come to life on your in-drawn breath
I’m the Golden Little Girl
I’m the golden little girl who talked to trees;
Who, barefoot in the garden, chased the butterflies,
And ran laughing through the summer rain.
I’m the child who crept from the house at night
And sat in the darkness staring at the stars.
I’m the little girl whose eyes reflected the wonder
Of long tailed comets streaking across the sky -
Who clapped her hands exclaiming, Oooooo.
I’m the child of bass-throated bull frogs,
Flashing fireflies, noisy cicadas, fiddling crickets
And night birds, rustling, in the darkened trees.
I’m the child at home in the shadows of night,
Walking barefoot through the dewy grass;
Hearing foxes barking in the far-off fields
And feeling the deer sleeping in the deep woods.
I’m the child whose lips touched the blades of grass
As she whispered to the earthworms and ants beneath.
I’m the child who felt a reverence for everything,
Who, in innocence, knew nothing of the word,
Annie Johnson is 84 years old. She is Shawnee Native American. She has published two, six hundred-page novels and six books of poetry. Annie has won several poetry awards from world poetry organizations including; World Union of Poets; she is a member of World Nations Writers Union; has received the World Institute for Peace award; the World Laureate of Literature from World Nations Writers Union and The William Shakespeare Poetry Award. She received a Certificate and Medal in recognition of the highest literature from International Literary Union for the year 2020, from Ayad Al Baldawi, President of the International Literary Union. She has three children, two grandchildren, and two sons-in-law. Annie played a flute in the Butler University Symphony. She still plays her flute.