Literary Hook: Cleo Johnson offers well-crafted poem

July 31, 2013

Christine Swanberg

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

Here is a poem by Cleo Johnson, a retired primary school teacher from Rockford. Notice the nicely-sculpted, uniform four-line “terraced” stanzas and the uniform use of the imperative verb form. Cleo has become a favorite of Rock River Times readers. Her work is easy to read and understand, and speaks personally to many people.

In Case

In case the storm comes

Repair the roof

Reinforce the windows

Find a safe haven

In case the sky falls

Build a house of bricks

On a strong foundation

Cover your head

In case your heart breaks

Nurture it daily

Give pieces away

Show that you love

In case the night comes with

A handful of nails

For all or for you

Prepare for the dark

In case the world ends

Gather good memories

Help create Peace

Treasure each day

No doubt you will find something to enjoy and some message in this delightfully crafted poem by Cleo Johnson.

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet. She received the Lawrence E. Gloyd Community Impact Award at the 2012 Rockford Area Arts Council State of the Arts Awards.

From the July 31-Aug. 6, 2013, issue

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