Writing and Music by John Kirnan

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There’s a Light – a Christmas Poem

This is a poem from The Hard Won Hush about a long ago and far away Christmas, a perfect memory of “that younger dream, that frozen, always place.” The longer I live, the more it seems that John has very little to do with what flows from pen to page or what taps and mouses […]

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Lost Tracks 1 – “Nomad”

When I first started down this road to begin my adventure on the world wide web, I decided that I’d like to have a section called “Lost Tracks” on this site. The title mostly refers to a few cardboard boxes filled with cassettes that contain a lot of unfinished music from way back when. Some […]

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Messengers – a poem about peace

This poem is from “The Hard Won Hush.” It’s about peace, the lack of it, the real possibility of creating it, and one of the ways it can begin. You could say that “Messengers” is my peace pipe. Please feel free to pass it round the circle. We’ve created two versions to make it easier […]

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The Ivy Spell (Of OMNIA)

The piece below this intro is basically a thank-you note to OMNIA for their wonderful music. The first time I heard it, I immediately connected with their work at a deep level. In fact, coming at just the right time, it helped me to see some things that I needed to be reminded of. Something […]

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This Side of the Cloud

There’s a bare wall. And a picture window hidden behind the branches of an old juniper bush. There’s the across the street neighbours’ new car. Right now, it’s in their driveway. There’s the sun and, for a moment, that particular angle of radiance at this time of day on […]

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A Night in the Life

This is an old short story that I wrote in 1995. As I recall, it’s the proper length that a short story is supposed to be. I didn’t try to make it that length, it just turned out that way. I only mention this because it strikes me as funny. Why? Because “A Night in […]

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Out of the Blue

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Vintage recording on the brink of extinction saved in the nick of time!  Ok, so I’ve seen one too many old movies. But magnetic tape is not exactly one of the best storage mediums ever invented. And the leader to the now 24 year old master tape was beginning […]

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Christmas in June

I just finished this story. No bus stop this time but, like the others, it did happen. I suppose the traditional thing to do would be to publish it next December. But who says Christmas has to be limited to a few weeks? In fact, let’s all be Christmas rebels and be kind to each […]

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Shelter

Picasso had his Blue Period. Generations to come will no doubt call this my Bus Stop Period. Or not. In other words, here’s another of my Bus Stop Adventures for you to check out. This one happened on the way home too, at the same spot, though it was a few years ago. Eventually, I’ll […]

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A Bus Stop Friday Night

This blog post started out as a letter to a friend about something that happened to me on my way home. Depending on your belief system, I guess you could say that about anything. The letter, somewhere along the way, tried to turn into a prose piece. I let it. Some things walked in out […]

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