Version2: Poetry by Michael Lee Johnson

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Michelangelo

delirious, painting that face of Jesus
I walk in a mastery of this night and light
my money changers walk behind me they’re fools like clowns in a shadow of sin, they’re busy as bees as drunken lovers,
Sodom and Gomorrah before this
salt pillar falls

Rain

He drove off the road edge. He was drunk. Jack Daniel was his driving instructor. Jack Daniel bottle left at grave.

Rose Petals in the Dark

in a red rose shadow drunken lovers walk changing
I pray in this garden alone, sweat while my disciples whitewash their dreams
the rose has a tender thorn compared to my arrest

Waltz, Footprints in the Snow

December 24th, I find footprints in this snow, yours, frozen, our broken dreams
[…]
even Jesus suffers with the poor, feels lonely on winter-moon, distant planets
don’t torture me, let me drive you home in our old Mack dump truck


Michael Lee Johnson lived 10 years in Canada during the Vietnam era and is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada.  Today he is a poet, freelance writer, amateur photographer, and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois.  Mr. Johnson has published in more than 1062 new publications; his poems have appeared in 38 countries; he edits and publishes 10 poetry sites.  Michael Lee Johnson, has been nominated for 2 Pushcart Prize awards poetry 2015, 1 Best of the Net 2016, 2 Best of the Net 2017, 1 Best of the Net 2018.  183 poetry videos are now on YouTube.  He serves as editor-in-chief of poetry anthologies: Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow HazeDandelion in a Vase of Roses, and Warriors with Wings: The Best in Contemporary Poetry. All available on Amazon.


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