fresco baby Jesus
high in the dome
grown man features
a mocking smile
looking down
his blue gowned
marble mother
in sanctuary
her head cocked sideways
lidless eyes staring
past high altar
towards some
unknown where

Richard Eric Johnson, author of four full-length poetry collections, is published in numerous journals. A Pushcart nominee, he is a graduate of Indiana University with a B.A. in Germanic Languages and M.S. in Education. After tours in Viet Nam and West Berlin, he became a public servant and is now happily retired.