width=61 height=87> Voracious Verses
Summer / Fall, 2013


Michael Lee Johnson


Bowl of Black Petunias

If you must leave me, please
leave me for something special,
like a beautiful bowl of black petunias-
for when the memories leak
and cracks appear
and old memories fade,
flowers rebuff bloom,
sidewalks fester weeds
and we both lie down
separately from each other 
for the very last time.
© 2013 Michael Lee Johnson


Inside This World Zipped

IĎm inside this world of silent creative space
within a zipped up tube of words
within the darkness I crawl 
from my vocabulary.
I look on the walls of night 
look for an exit.
I look through the crow in the darkness,
the gray on the bark of the willow tree,
serve as my lantern out of here.
Wayward are the gray clouds
I canít see I toss my faith upon.
Wild horses of creativity form
lines, stanzas, poems with 
and without form.
Itís here I deserted the darkness
and concluded in the end
those final lines that allowed
you to envelope me
between my screams and creativity.
© 2013 Michael Lee Johnson 


The Seasons and the Slants

I live my life inside my patio window.
Itís here, at my business desk I slip
into my own warm pajamas and slippers-
seek Jesus, come to terms
with my own cross and brittle conditions.
Outside, winter night turns to winter storm,
the blue jay, cardinal, sparrows and doves
go into hiding, away from the razor whipping winds,
behind willow tree bare limb branches-
they lose their faces in somber hue.
Their voices at night abbreviate
and are still, short like Hemingway sentences.
With this poetic mind, no one cares
about the seasons and the slants
the wind or its echoes.
I live my life inside my patio window.
© 2013 Michael Lee Johnson


BIO: MICHAEL LEE JOHNSON lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era. Today he is a poet, freelance writer, photographer, and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois, who has been published in more than 750 small press magazines in twenty-five countries, he edits seven poetry sites. Michael has released The Lost American: From Exile to Freedom (136 page book), several chapbooks Of his poetry, including From Which Place the Morning Rises and Challenge of Night and Day, and Chicago Poems. He also has over 56 poetry videos on YouTube.

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