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Michael Lee Johnson, US

 

Lost in a Distant Harbor

 

Love,
once beside me

now

lost in a
distant harbor

calls out into the night
crawls back into the fog.

~1975

 

 

A Willow Branch

 

Break in the rain
storm goes away
a bitter family chat,
dicey, slicing
dagger of words—
stand still-
a willow branch
cracks.

~2010

 

 

Witches and Queen

 

I love the walk of the isle
into your brain cells.

I’m rolling heart ache
in a lover’s night.

I stand on solid ground.
You preach to me,
I find you there:
you scream out,
“I’m witches and queen.”

~2011

 

 

One Day Words

 

One day here
then you go.
Light, moods,
speculation, depression
day by day—
then you go.
Rivers, streams,
go dry.
Simple words.

~2011

 

 

A Patch of Green

 

A four way traffic stop,
a patch of green turf
squared-off in the median,
where a blackbird pecks
for a worm box-lunch,
goes unnoticed,
rush hour traffic
passes by,
another day.

~2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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