By Michael Lee Johnson



with steel balls

and a wire brush

wishing he was

wearing motorcycle leathers,

going wild and crazy,

stares cross-eyed at the

Sistine Chapel ceiling-

nose touching moist paint,

body stretch out on a plank,

bones held by ropes from falling-

delirious, painting that face of Jesus

and the Prophets

with a camel hair brush;

in such a position, transition

a genie emerges as a poet-

words not paint

start writing his sonnets,

a second career is born-

nails and thorns

digging at his words,

flashing red paint:

it’s finished.


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 1062 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.  184 poetry videos are now on YouTube  Editor-in-chief poetry anthology, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze: poetry anthology, Dandelion in a Vase of Roses available here  Editor-in-chief Warriors with Wings:  the Best in Contemporary Poetry

Do not forget to consider me for Best of the Net or Pushcart nomination!


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