I Will Wait

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By Katherine Johnson

March 3, 2017

This last time, silent I stare
into your loving eye’s so rare;
We are left to hold hands
Frailty our last stand.

Oh, the journeys we would take,
Swim naked in alpine lakes,
And then lay in the shade of pines,
Where we dreamed and drank wine.

We raised children bold
With freedom in their souls;
Today beyond the door they wait,
While here a quiet goodbye we partake.

No more Halloweens or 4th of July’s,
Our youth has said goodbye;
The breath of words are gone,
Silence is now our song.

Still my love I am satisfied,
Still my love I want more,
Still my love I want your gaze,
My love, my love, my love.

I will wait on the hill
Beneath the pines so still,
There beyond the mystic veil
I will wait, I will wait, I will wait.

Copyright 2018 By Katherine Johnson – All Rights Reserved

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Sandia Mountain 30 Minutes After Sunset

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By Katherine Johnson

March 02, 2018

Sandia Mountain 30 Minutes After Sunset – Rio Grande River Valley – Albuquerque, NM

I went out tonight to spend some time with Sandia Mountain. This particular view is taken from Rio Rancho looking out over the Village of Corrales, the Rio Grande, and finally to Sandia Mountain which visually dominates everything in and around Albuquerque in a manner that is difficult to grasp in a photograph.

Another challenge is to understand how huge this mountain from a photograph. In this particular image I was about 10 miles away from the summit with the length of the mountain, as pictured, being around 15 miles. The summit has an elevation of 10,679 which is about a mile higher than the Rio Grande River channel.

The hints of Spring arrived here in mid February and since then the days are noticeably becoming warmer and of course each day gets a little bit longer. This transition, from winter to the equinox, has a profound effect on how the mountain is illuminated. There is great clarity here at this moment and and for a few moments after the sun slips below the horizon the land becomes bathed in glorious reds and magentas while the sky becomes a perfect blue.

It is something to behold. It is something to cherish.

Copyright 2018 By Katherine Johnson – All Rights Reserved

Driving To Santa Fe

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By Katherine Johnson

February 27, 2018

Three Women, Two Worlds – Palace of Governors – 105 W Palace Ave Santa Fe, NM 87501

The land writhed under the thunder sky,
Shook the earth and tumbled neon lowriders,
Lunged past the dive bars and guitars,
And drove the drag queens down Central Avenue,
Their shopping carts full of hopes and hoop earrings.

The clouds swirled and dove, doves in a hurricane,
Chasing the electric ponies down arroyos dry,
Up the mesas, their yellow hoofs sparking on crimson stones,
And down to the Bosque and its golden cottonwoods,
Where they splashed and danced in the Rio Grande.

Hey, hey, Oñate, my Cadillac companion,
What’s that I hear in this buzzard sky,
But screaming pueblos, burning,
And right feet marching, marching,
Hey, hey, Oñate, hey, hey.

The thunder thundered, the cobalt ponies bolted,
Past casinos that tore open the sky, blessed be the winners
Cursed be the losers with greasewood in their mouths,
Then onto the Sangre de Cristos that lay silent, black,
And refused the Rio Grande its prize.

Hey, hey, Oñate, the ponies come,
Hey, hey, Oñate, the thunder sky,
Hey, hey, Oñate, the mountains cry,
Hey, hey, Oñate, the marching feet rise,
Hey, hey, Oñate, hey, hey.

Copyright 2018 By Katherine Johnson – All Rights Reserved

Freedom Of Graffiti

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By Katherine Johnson

February 26, 2018

Santa Fe Brewery Women’s Restroom – 3600 Cutler Ave NE – Albuquerque, NM

My casual study of history has taught me that political entities, be they government, religious, or some other form, generally fall into two camps. Those that are totalitarian from the get go, and those that aren’t. Another way to skin this difference is to note that groups either embrace, or at least give lip service too, liberty and freedom of speech and those that tend to kill you off for failing to understand that these two ideals are a threat to dictatorial regimes.

I have also pondered how it is that governments, despite all efforts to the contrary, are essentially unstable human isotopes that over time tend to become more totalitarian until they eventually decay into chaos and disappear into history.

In the case of the United States we got off to a pretty good start with our Constitution. However, even a casual look at our history reveals how our government has expanded its control over us steadily.

One of the more alarming developments of late is how our next generation of leaders, who at this time when not fornicating and drinking, are being educated and vocally demand at times, that one of our fundamental rights, the freedom of speech, be curtailed. My casual thinking about such things views this as gleefully putting one’s neck in a noose and then willfully opening the gallow’s trap door.

These thoughts about temporal things casually crossed my mind one night while drinking and reading about fornication scribbled on a restroom’s walls.

Copyright 2018 By Katherine Johnson – All Rights Reserved

The Philosophy Of Boxers

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By Katherine Johnson

February 21, 2018

The Squared Circle Boxing Club – 8623 8th Avenue South – Seattle, WA

The beautiful brutality that goes on in this building is not violence but a college that teaches men to soar, to crash, be humbled and to find that place where men blur the lines between respect, admiration and love for each other.

Training
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion’.” ― Muhammad Ali

“Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but nonetheless doing it like you love it.” – Mike Tyson

Skill
“Rhythm is everything in boxing. Every move you make starts with your heart, and that’s in rhythm or you’re in trouble. Your rhythm should set the pace of the fight. If it does, then you penetrate your opponent’s rhythm. You make him fight your fight, and that’s what boxing is all about.” ― Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray

“There is no such thing as a natural boxer. A natural dancer has to practice hard. A natural painter has to paint all the time. Even a natural fool has to work at it.” – Joe Louis

Opponents
“Earnie Shavers could punch you in the neck and break your ankle.” – Tex Cobb

“Fighting Cotto in the Garden is like fighting the Devil in Hell.” – Paulie Malignaggi

Warriors
“I’m a fighter. I believe in the eye for an eye business. I’m no cheek turner, I’ve got not respect for a man who won’t hit back. You kill my dog, you better hide your cat.” – Muhammad Ali

“My business is hurting people.” – Sugar Ray Robinson

“Yeah, I’m scared. I’m scared I might kill Schmeling.” – Joe Louis

Humility
“Every fighter have a plan until he’s been beaten” – Joe Louis

“I was on my face. I heard the count from one to 10. I kept telling myself that I had to get up, but I couldn’t move. I couldn’t make myself move. It was the strangest feeling.” – Rocky Marciano

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.” ― Muhammad Ali

Most fighters are the most humble people in the world because they’ve gotten their ass kicked before. – Mike Tyson

Champions
There is no doubt that man is a competitive animal and there is no place where this fact is more obvious than in the ring. There is no second place. Either you win or you lose. When they call you a champion, it’s because you don’t lose. To win takes a complete commitment of mind and body. – Rocky Marciano

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” ― Muhammad Ali

“I am not an animal in my personal life. But in the ring there is an animal inside me. Sometimes it roars when the first bell rights. Sometimes it springs out later in a fight. But i can always feel it there, driving me and pushing me forward. It is what makes me win. It makes me enjoy fighting.” – Roberto Duran

“Any man can do what he has to do. But doing it like you love it? That is what takes it to a whole different level. A champion does it like he loves it, even when he doesn’t.” -Mike Tyson

“I can show you how to box. I can teach you every technique and trick I know, but I can never make you a fighter. That comes from inside, and it’s something no one else can ever give you.” – Joe Louis

Copyright 2018 By Katherine Johnson – All Rights Reserved