Michael Lee Johnson’s Poems

Read two poems from Michael Lee Johnson’s collection 

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Cracker Jack Box Poem

I don’t wear my pocket watch anymore
it reminds me of my age, 73, soon more,
outdated gadget, time hanging where
moving parts below don’t belong nor work anymore.
I don’t like to think about endings.
Age is a Cracker Jack box with no face, modern speed dial,
no toy inside, when it stops, no salute, just pops.

South Chicago Night 

Night is drifters,
sugar rats, street walkers, pickpockets, pimps,
insects, Lake Michigan perch,
neon signs blinking half the bulbs
burned out.

About the Author

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 published in more than 1072 new publications, his poems have appeared in 38 countries, he edits, 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 2018.186 poetry videos are now on YouTube, Michael is Editor-in-chief for a poetry anthology, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, Editor-in-chief for poetry anthology, Dandelion in a Vase of Roses and Editor-in-chief Warriors with Wings:  the Best in Contemporary Poetry.

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