Where the West Began

Where the West Began

A representation of the divine

presents itself as an allegory

inside the icon of a rising sun


as much so as it is contained

in the republic of marching ants,

creating a world of their own recognition

under sidewalk streets.


Every piece of plastic found

floating in the deep sea of themselves

symbolizes the ideal world.


We claw ourselves from caves of darkness

to see worldliness only in geometric lines,

which the artist bends and refracts

to take in their hand


nothing which creates something

within a divine source

which we view as an idea.

Published by

John Brogan

John Brogan promotes renewable energy products in Northeast Ohio. He is also a new father, recently welcoming his first son, Victor Mackenzie Brogan, into the world. These experiences have encouraged fresh insights as he moonlights writing poetry, his favorite occupation, at his home in Cleveland Heights, OH. John is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, where he earned a BA in cognitive science. John is also the author of the following books: In Reflection of Nature (2015), and St. Augustine and the Piano (2016).