open me in
open me out

all the emotion and growing
cradle-rocking happy sleep
stroller-pushing amazement
little red wagon pulling time

all the emotion fading
walkers moving slowly
wheel chairs rolling
gurneys on their journeys

wide open closed tight
night or day
doors are hinged
ready to swing emotions

every one a beacon of hope
experience and dream
seeking perfect spaces
enchanted lullabies


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 most recently was honored to be archived at La Salle University’s Connelly Library.