Michael Lee Johnson

Leonard Cohen My Friend (V2)

By Michael Lee Johnson


Death is a bitch and a whore

comes with hat on or off,

Jewish, Christian or lover years ago called Nancy.

Death is a passport, a left behind baggage note.

My leverage sinks, I see you pass human.

These my fears, your fright, being broke, old-royalties stole Suzanne.

Now branches, extended limbs, point outward nowhere-

doors Montreal collapse tomb, dance with me,

end perfume love, a few dead flowers.

Michael Lee Johnson lived ten 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 1032 publications, his poems have appeared in 37 countries, he edits, publishes 10 different poetry sites.  Michael Lee Johnson, Itasca, IL, nominated for 2 Pushcart Prize awards for poetry 2015/1 Best of the Net 2016/and 2 Best of the Net 2017.  He also has 161 poetry videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/poetrymanusa/videosHe is the editor-in-chief of the anthology, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1530456762 and editor-in-chief of a second poetry anthology, Dandelion in a Vase of Roses which is available here:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1545352089Michael is also editor-in-chief of Warriors with Wings, a smaller anthology due for release in early summer 2018.

One thought on “Michael Lee Johnson

  1. congratulations Mr. Johnson . I too am a Canadian living in Quebec. Leonard Cohen was a man with not many words . he always said his voice was not the best for singing yet he made the most beautiful songs . Allelujah . one of my favorites . your poem expressed Mr. Cohen to a tee. He said what he meant .. Congratulations on your many talents Mr. Johnson
    best regards
    Author Ritamarie Recine
    Hi valeri thanks for posting

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