Friday, December 6, 2013

Two Poems by Michael Lee Johnson

Even as Evening
Even as evening
approaches night-
dandelions shake
dust loose from their yellow-
a robin pulls
the last red worm
from the moist,
but callous
shadows fade, flake,
into fresh fall night-
small creatures
with trumpet
sounds dominant
the adjacent
A virtuoso!
I am Looking for Something
I am looking for something-
desperate within the shattering
of green glass, Coca Cola bottles made
entirely from grass, bark, corn husks.
Between rain, grey clouds, a spot of sunshine
cast on a shadow's fear-
green grass sprouts, not grey bark
nor branches dead.
Truly, I am telling you,
I am looking for something-
not the specking of rain
on my windshield,
nor the wipers that
habitually sling the drops
away, left, then right.
I am looking for something.
Exploring deist compared too theist
I was confused, an academic note
on the side plate of my day.
I believe in a God, but perhaps my God
is just an auto mechanic.
I think God is wrapped in a 4-leaf clover
sinless, searching Illinois farm lands for something.
Not in commercials, billboards, sales pitches, on the highways,
nor in text messages, double negatives hidden,
or the static of cell phone drama.
I find my Savior in the bluebird,
grasslands, scattered trees, slightly out of range.
Bring me a fluffed pillow, Wal-Mart special,
a dream of wine, vodka mixed orange
in a season lacking reason,
the bluebird flies.
Everything dreams and flashes away-
I tell you something, I am looking
for something.
Savior bluebird.
MICHAEL LEE JOHNSON lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era:  now known as the Itasca, IL poet.  Today he is a poet, freelance writer, photographer who experiments with poetography (blending poetry with photography), and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois, who has been published in more than 750 small press magazines in 26 countries, he edits 7 poetry sites.  Michael is the author of The Lost American:  From Exile to Freedom (136 pages book), several chapbooks of poetry, including From Which Place the Morning Rises and Challenge of Night and Day, and Chicago Poems.  He also has over 69 poetry videos on YouTube.

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