art by alfie ebojo aka alfie numeric
Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era. Today he is a poet, freelance writer, photographer, and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois.
He's been published in more than 915 small press magazines in 27 countries, and he edits 10 poetry sites.
He has over 103 poetry videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/poetrymanusa/videos.
He's the chief editor for two poetry anthologies, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, and Dandelion In A Vase Of Roses.
Alberta Bound (V2)
I own a gate to this prairie
that ends facing the Rocky Mountains.
They call it Alberta-
trail of endless blue sky
asylum of endless winters,
hermitage of indolent retracted sun.
Deep freeze drips haphazardly into spring.
Drumheller, dinosaur badlands, dried bones,
ancient hoodoos sculpt high, prairie toadstools.
Alberta highway 2 opens the gateway of endless miles.
Travel weary I stop by roadsides, ears open to whispering pines.
In harmony North to South
Gordon Lightfoot pitches out
a tone -
With independence in my veins,
I am long way from my home.
Michael Lee Johnson