Introduction to “Dandelions: A Poem (2019)”

dandelions cover

“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 (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, 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 Go to 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 and Rice University’s Web & Print Division, and taught high school English for ten years before she married. 

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