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  • John RC Potter

Five Poems

"Quintet: Poetry Suite"



are with me.



a strong beam of light,

the torch seen at night.



a bridge across the stream,

the deep point of a dream.



Deep. Wide. The Steep Divide.


I have been waiting for


Both feet firmly planted

either side of the bridge;

both hands grasping tightly

along the razor ridge.

Chase Not the Moon

Chase not the moon

for it is a lunatic lover,

and like all lovers

it has a mercurial disposition...

Like a lover, it comes and goes,

sometimes here, sometimes not,

sometimes bright, sometimes dim...

A whole or a part,

like a lover, it divides,

gets smaller and then disappears

into the endless night...

But like a lover,

when it returns,

it brings back

the lasting light.

Constant Night

My love is like

a constant light

that shines across

the endless night.

My life is like

a trail traversed

that begins again

when once reversed.

But ever since we met,

you have been the rock;

I am the bobbing boat

always coming into dock.

The light, the lantern.

The pillar and the post.

The heart, the soul.

The dream and the ghost.

My love is like

an endless light

that shines across

the constant night.

Love is Like a Knife

Love is like a knife

stuck in the ground

the blade pointing


I am arched over it

trying hard

not to fall

too soon

or at least

too hard.


Take back the night

or at least the shadows

that dance about my


Banish these old ghosts

to another


Let me see the other side of the night

when two hearts

beat in unison,

creating music

out of



John RC Potter is an international educator and gay man from Canada, living in Istanbul. He has experienced a revolution (Indonesia), air strikes (Israel), earthquakes (Turkey), boredom (UAE), and blinding snow blizzards (Canada), the last being the subject of his story, “Snowbound in the House of God” (Memoirist, May 2023). His poems and stories have been published in a range of magazines and journals, most recently in Blank Spaces, (“In Search of Alice Munro”, June 2023), Literary Yard (“She Got What She Deserved”, June 2023) and Freedom Fiction (“The Mystery of the Dead-as-a-Doornail Author”, July 2023). It was recently announced that "She Got What She Deserved" has been named as one of the Top 100 Projects in the 7th Annual Launch Pad Prose Competition. Website:

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