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MICHAEL LEE JOHNSON 

CASKET OF LOVE

Explore more of Michael Lee Johnson’s work in his new pamphlet California Summer,
available now from O:JA&L’s Buttonhook Press.

Dusk Landscape with Birches by Anna Billing

This moon, clinging to a cloudless sky,
offers the light by which we love.
In this park, grass knees high, tickling bare feet,
offers the place we pass pleasant smiles.
Sir Winston Churchill would have
saluted the stately manner this fog lifts,
marching in time across this pond
layering its ghostly body over us
cuddled by the water’s edge,
as if we are burdened by this sealed
casket called love.
Frogs in the marsh, crickets beneath the crocuses
trumpet the last farewell.
A flock of Canadian geese flies overhead
in military V formation.
Yet how lively your lips tremble
against my skin in a manner no
sane soldier dare deny.

 

About the writer:
MICHAEL LEE JOHNSON lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era. Today he is a poet in the greater Chicagoland area, Illinois. He has 300 YouTube poetry videos. Michael Lee Johnson is an internationally published poet in 45 countries, a song lyricist, has several published poetry books, and has been nominated for seven Pushcart Prize awards and six Best of the Net nominations. He is editor-in-chief of three poetry anthologies, all available on Amazon, and has several poetry books and chapbooks. He has over 453 published poems. Michael is the administrator of six Facebook Poetry groups and a member of the Illinois State Poetry Society.

Image: Dusk Landscape with Birches by Anna Billing (1849-1927). Watercolor. 53 x 36 cm. Unknown date. Public domain.

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