Michael Lee Johnson [photo courtesy of the author]


The Seasons and the Slants
by Michael Lee Johnson

I live my life inside my patio window.
It’s here, at my business desk I slip
into my own warm pajamas and slippers–
seek Jesus, come to terms
with my own cross and brittle conditions.
Outside, winter night turns to winter storm,
the blue jay, cardinal, sparrows and doves
go into hiding, away from the razor whipping winds,
behind willow tree bare limb branches–
they lose their faces in somber hue.
Their voices at night abbreviate
and are still, short like Hemingway sentences.
With this poetic mind, no one cares
about the seasons and the slants
the wind or its echoes.
I live my life inside my patio window.

[2008]


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Michael Lee Johnson is a poet, freelance writer and small business owner of custom imprinted promotional products and apparel:  www.promoman.us, from Itasca, Illinois.  He is heavily influenced by:  Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Irving Layton, Leonard Cohen, and Allen Ginsberg.  His new poetry chapbook with pictures, titled From Which Place the Morning Rises, and his new photo version of The Lost American: from Exile to Freedom are available at  http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/promomanusa.  

New Chapbook:  Challenge of Night and Day, and Chicago Poems by Michael Lee Johnson.
 

Michael has been published in over 25 countries. He is also editor/publisher of five poetry sites, all open for submission, which can be found at his Web site:
http://poetryman.mysite.com. All of his books are now available at Amazon.com, Bookworld, and Barnes & Noble.

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