IT HAS been quite a couple of weeks for H.B. Johnson. First he won WMAR-TV's 10th annual drama competition with his play, "A Gift From the Hunters," winning over 75 other entries. Then the Arena Players held a preview of the play Feb. 26, followed by Channel 2's screening of it Feb. 29 as part of the station's celebration of Black History Month. Finally, the playwright/poet was featured on NBC's "Today" show Monday morning, March 2. He read two of his poems, both published earlier on this page.
Johnson had to absent himself from much of the hoopla. He is a prisoner at the Maryland State Penitentiary, serving a 25-year term without parole for assault with intent to murder and robbery with a deadly weapon.
The world must look like ice
through blue eyes;
Like an island through green,
a volcano through gray,