Ecologically adrift in an alien land,
homesick for the tart red fruit
of his beloved England,
Johnny cast aside the life of a settler,
walked week after week through forest and prairies,
planting his seed,
planting his wishes in his new homeland
a truly American hero
who ravished a virgin


Sam Friedman has published many poems in literary and political venues, two books of poetry, and numerous chapbooks. His day job is professor of Population Health at a medical school in New York City.