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· A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling

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· The Black Widow Warrior, Chapter One, Combat Poets of Maya

· The Calling

· Finding the Right Critique Group

· Bringing the Dead to Life, Notes on Twilight

· Low Cost Book Publicity

· Writing a Novel With a Stuck Main Character

· Stories and Feelings

· Movies as Healing Journeys

· A Hearty Affair

· Ode To Invisibility

· Woman in Blue on Floor

· The Deadly Sheep

· The Parade of Life

· The One-Upspersonship Parade

· How Is It?

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  Looking Back
by Bill Johnson
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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Looking Back

I remember the night we couldn't sleep

I tried to count one by one

the tawny hairs on your back

but you were so tickled by my breath

that you squirmed about knocking my nose

so I laughed

and had to start again over and over

until I got so lost

I rested my cheek in the hollow of your back

and remembered other soft and warm places

I had been with you during the night.

You ran your fingers through my hair then

one going lightly round and round into my ear

over and over

the years drifting past

I see looking back

as my cheek rests against my pillow

that reminds me palely of the softness of your back

so that closing my eyes

I can count the tawny hairs on your back from memory

and feel your fingers in my hair

one running lightly round and round into my ear

over and over

I remember that night

when I tried to count the tawny hairs on your back

again and again

if you would have let me.     



Bill Johnson is the author of A Story is a Promise and The Spirit of Storytelling, a writing workbook. He is also the web master of, a web site that explores principles of storytelling through reviews of popular movies, books and plays. Spirit is now available on Amazon Kindle,

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Reviewed by Free Spirit 4/14/2014
Sensually driven with a grainy momentous austere that embodies love in the fired up deliverance.
Tremendously satisfying!!!!
Reviewed by J. Roseline 12/10/2013
Looking back" the title as simple as the beauty of the moment when you did this poem In, congrats... for reaching the top of the list with such few numbers in your poem kitty.... roseline
Reviewed by Frances Seymour 12/21/2009
Bill, I could feel your words! Wonderful write! Blessings...Frances
Reviewed by 000 000 11/16/2008
Wonderful write! as many never look back
Reviewed by D Johnson 3/17/2008
Bill, pleasure reading your work, work well done.

Reviewed by Rafika Anderson (Reader) 12/27/2007
Reading your writing, I feel as though I was there. You pen the experience in swift recitation as though breathless from the exchange. I love the descriptions of the loved one and your playful attitude. Nicely framed, well-crafted and outstanding pace and flow.
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 7/22/2007
this set the mood...time for bed!
Enjoyed this trance like poem...
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 5/29/2007
Looking back always DOES that to you..doesn't it?
How about looking forward..:)

Good write..

Reviewed by Shoma Mittra 4/3/2007
Thats such a lovely write !
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 2/2/2007
I find your method much better than counting sheep...
Reviewed by Mitch Sebourn 1/8/2007
Different, detailed, and there's a rhythm there, too...
Reviewed by mz kimi 12/17/2006
if you like back hair, yeah... hey fellow portlander!

Books by
Bill Johnson

A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling

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  3. I Wish I Could Tell You...
  4. Springtime Breeze
  5. Potting Plants
  6. Transmorpho
  7. Controlled Manner
  8. I Wish I Knew
  9. Day's End
  10. Not Of Gold
  11. In Loving Memory
  12. Running On Empty
  13. Everything Shuts Down
  14. Time Started
  15. “Cant Dog”, and the Burning of Words own O
  16. . . . and There I was
  17. I'm Thankful For
  18. The Mask
  19. Bumble Bee, Bumble Bee
  20. My Poems

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