Cat Daydreams, Death & Eternity: 3 Poems by Michael Lee Johnson

“I Tell Nikki’s Short Cat Story Dreams,” “When I Die” and “California Summer”


I Tell Nikki’s Short Cat Story Dreams


I know my cat is messed up when she sticks her paws in a catnip bowl loaded.

This is where science fiction begins and ancient history becomes modern poetry.

She dreams of stale fish munchies, dead frogs, string beans dipped in fennel seeds

on a shish kebab stick.  She scratches my dirty laundry bag to ward off evil spirits.

In catnip vision, she supports me in her hate of belly rubs.

Flying banner in an open vacated cat field night, fragments.




When I Die


When I die

not if I die

library of congress


small press

will close out my memory card

close out my small condominium unit

rent it out.  Those unfinished poems, 

date undated, tossed out with trash.

My tower computer, obsolete

to miniature handheld devises.

My tower is a small penis that cannot get up.

Skyscrapers are dwarfs.

They draw a period to their doorstep.

In my grave cylinder beneath willow tree earth

complete poems go, illusive, informative

no big words:

When I die

not if I die.




California Summer


Coastal warm breeze

off Santa Monica, California

the sun turns salt

shaker upside down

and it rains white smog, humid mist.

No thunder, no lightning,

nothing else to do

except sashay

forward into liquid

and swim

into eternal days

like this.

Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era. Today he is a poet, freelance writer, amateur photographer, and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois.  Mr. Johnson published in more than 989 publications, his poems have appeared in 34 countries, he edits, publishes 10 different poetry sites.  He has been nominated 2 Pushcart Prize awards for poetry 2015 and 2 nominations Best of the Net 2016 and 2017.  He also has 136 poetry videos on YouTube: is the Editor-in-chief of the anthology, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze: and Editor-in-chief of a second poetry anthology, Dandelion in a Vase of Roses which is now available here:



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