so it began
days of Mickey and Minnie
wax papered aluminum boxed
sandwiches of delights
apples and puddings
playgrounds of fashion colors
scribbling reading at a desk
nights of hugs and dreams

into avenues
alleys side streets
dodging competing
fist fights and love affairs
picking the best bank
rocking a cradle

we all rose up
we all laid down
this lull of bye a life

Richard Eric Johnson lives and writes poetry in Arlington, Virginia. He has authored five full-length poetry collections and his poetry has appeared in numerous online and print journals. Eric is also a Pushcart nominee.He is a graduate of Indiana University with a B.A. in Germanic Languages and an M.S. in Education.