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Restless: A poem by local Cook County author John A. Bragstad

Feb 27, 2023 11:13AM ● By Content Editor
Photo: Rachel Cook

Author: John Bragstad - Boreal Community Media - February 27, 2023


We cannot see the sun.
It remains obscure, indifferent.
It hides and plays peek-a-boo,
Lost in winter's wind. 

A hungry moon glances off the water
Not soft but cut against the horizon line.
No cheer, no lantern light
To walk the weary traveler home. 

Spring waits. But draws its lines
and then moves them. 

It haunts minds that restlessly pursue, 
Wanting to move the wheels of the world. 

But then, one day, a break in the weather.
Springs finds us while we are still
muttering to ourselves. 

Days are now advancing. 
And we can finally relax,
knowing we were 
along for the ride.

About the author

John A. Bragstad has been a therapist, working with couples and individuals, for 25 years. He is self-published and is enjoying retirement. Lake Superior is just off his front porch.

He has written three books: Compass Season, Loon Laughter at Midnight, and Who's Watching Whoo? They are available in Grand Marais at Drury Lane and Lake Superior Trading Post, or at

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