A Tenth Anniversary-Happy Ending Poem for My Husband from “Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection (2019)”

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A Tenth Anniversary-Happy Ending Poem for My Husband from “Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection (2019)”

“You have taught me how to swim again

and we come full circle resiliently,

just like high and low tides

blend together into swells.

In this harbor,

we reinforce each other

with similar rhythmic fluidity,

and I am buoyed.

Forgiveness is

a natural outflow of commitment,

just like the

reinforcement

of our vows–

and our past and current selves

lap against us,

shaping our direction into

a kind of kingfisher future–

turning choppy waters into glass,

gliding us smoothly towards the horizon,

intact together,

within and without,

on and on,

until we slip ahead,

just we two,

into a new ocean,

having finally mastered this first one.”

-pg 49, “Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection (2019)” by Marie K Johnston/Kristen M McCurry

I love Chris McCurry forever, no matter what..

Real Life Update: “My Husband Wants To Divorce ‘Healthy Me’! What?!”, Reprinted from BipolarLifer.com

Check out my victory selfie montage and find the link to this article below!

Cheers! Marie K Johnston 🦋🦋🦋

bipolarlifer.com/2019/09/25/even-abusive-husbands-can-evolve-but-not-mine/

Introduction to “Cosmogony: A Poem (2019)”

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Cosmogony (2019) is a rhyming and metered poem that came to Johnston during a hurricane and subsequent flood in Spring, TX, her hometown, in 1994. In this tale, the major forces of Nature in turn tell their origin stories to a dreamy seventeen year old girl on a Galveston, TX beach and she spins their words into her own tentative life philosophies.

This poem, exactingly created in a sort of time vacuum when the natural world around her was on center stage, is a great example of her early ability to transfuse beauty and hope into her writing.

Readers familiar with Johnston’s 2018 release of Mental, a novel which focuses on one woman’s determination to be whole and happy, will recognize these verses from Part Two. Reprinted here to spotlight one height of her creative skill, this poem is a clever and thought-provoking drama of magical pathos.

This is Johnston’s third book of poetry. She is also the author of Dandelions (2019), a long poem about the wonders of a childhood spent in Nature and Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection (2019), which focuses on the themes of love and personal growth. Her first novel, Leaves Subsiding (2010), written under pen name M. Yoshida McCurry, is about the elusive search for happiness. She recently released the Second Edition of Mental (2018), a novel about overcoming a difficult childhood.

Marie K Johnston (aka Kristen Marie Tichenor, aka M. Yoshida McCurry, aka Kristen M McCurry) is a novelist, poet, visual artist and (amateur) website creator. She is a 42 year old married mother of one living in a little arty town just northwest of Houston, TX. She was educated at The University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University, wrote for Walmart.com and Rice University’s Web & Print Division, and taught high school English/tutored UT@Austin undergraduates for ten years before she married.

To read a preview of Cosmogony (2019) for free now, go to http://Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston, where you can also enter to win a copy of one of the four titles Johnston is currently promoting. Cosmogony is an eBook ($7.99) and a paperback ($7.99) for sale now on Amazon.com. Go to https://www.amazon.com/Cosmogony-poem-Marie-K-Johnston/dp/1692594095/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=cosmogony+by+marie+k+johnston&qid=1569338582&s=books&sr=1-1 to add this book of poetry to your personal library now!

 

 

Introduction to “Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection (2019)”

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“What is risk when this is all we have–

the houred day,

the finite span of years,

consciousness of aging

and sure death beyond.

I would rather make risk my lover…”

Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection, 2001-2019

Disaster and Harmony (2019) is full of poems that deal with personal struggle, difficult relationships, true love(s), searching for peace, and finding joy despite chaos and pain. These poems were composed between the years 2001-2019 and are randomly arranged.

Johnston writes frankly about deep depressions, marriage and family, being in love, beginnings and endings, taking joy in little and big things, and personal growth.

This is her third book of poetry. Johnston recently published Dandelions (2019), a long poem about the wonders of a childhood spent in Nature and Cosmogony (2019), a rhyming and metered poem about the natural world and one girl’s place in it. She is also the author of Mental (2018), a novel about overcoming a difficult childhood. Her first novel, Leaves Subsiding (2010), published under pen name M. Yoshida McCurry, is written in the style of magic realism and is about the elusive search for happiness.

To read a preview of Disaster and Harmony (2019) for free now, go to http://Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston, where you can also enter to win a copy of one of the four titles Johnston is currently promoting. Disaster and Harmony  is an eBook ($7.99) and a paperback ($7.99) for sale now on Amazon.com. Go to https://www.amazon.com/Disaster-Harmony-Collection-Marie-Johnston/dp/1687743703/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=disaster+and+harmony+by+marie+k+johnston&qid=1569339640&s=books&sr=1-1 to add this book of poetry to your personal library now!

Disaster bio pic

Marie K Johnston (aka Kristen M McCurry) is a novelist, poet, visual artist and website creator. She is a 42 year old married mother of one living in a little arty town just northwest of Houston, TX. She was educated at The University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University, wrote for Walmart.com and Rice University’s Web & Print Division, and taught high school English for ten years before she married. 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to “Dandelions: A Poem (2019)”

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“Instead of little boys, dandelions had

come out to play, their furry heads

swaying to flower music and their tiny

leaves waving him a hello…”

Dandelions

Dandelions (2019) will be a delight for anyone interested in the simple joys of childhood. Charlie Taylor is a little boy who believes adventure will always be found around the next corner. He inadvertently discovers one of Nature’s secrets in the field where he normally plays with his friends, and then hurries home to share this new knowledge with his mother.

Told in vivid, modern stanzas, Dandelions is a gently unfolding tale about the innocence of childhood and the wonders of Nature. Setting this story in rural Spring, TX, where Johnston grew up, allowed her to create a lovely, realistic yet magical backdrop to this long poem.

This is Johnston’s third book of poetry. She is also the author of Cosmogony (2019), a rhyming and metered poem about the natural world and one girl’s place in it, and Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection (2019), which focuses on the themes of love and personal struggle. She is also the author of two novels. Her first novel, Leaves Subsiding (2010), written under pen name M. Yoshida McCurry, is about the elusive search for happiness. She recently released the Second Edition of Mental (2018), a novel about overcoming a difficult childhood.

To read a preview of Dandelions (2019) for free now, go to http://Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston, where you can also enter to win a copy of one of the four titles Johnston is currently promoting. Cosmogony is an eBook ($7.99) and a paperback ($7.99) for sale now on Amazon.com. Go to https://www.amazon.com/Dandelions-Poem-Marie-K-Johnston/dp/1083036041/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1569340745&sr=1-1-spell to add this book of poetry to your personal library now!

Marie K Johnston (aka Kristen Marie Tichenor, aka Kristen M McCurry, aka M. Yoshida McCurry) is a novelist, poet, visual artist and website creator. She is a 42 year old married mother of one living in a little arty town just northwest of Houston, TX. She was educated at The University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University, wrote for Walmart.com and Rice University’s Web & Print Division, and taught high school English for ten years before she married.