The Spoken Word: The Painted Cat by Michael Lee Johnson

Painted Cat 

This painted cat

on my balcony

hangs in this sun,

bleaches out

it’s wooden

survival kit,

cut short-

then rots

chips

paint

cracks

widen in joints,

no infant sparrow wings  

nestled in this hole

beneath its neck-

then falls down.

No longer a swinger

in latter days, August wind.

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 1010 publications, his poems have appeared in 35 countries, he edits, publishes 10 different poetry sites, and has been 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 141 poetry videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/poetrymanusa/videosis the Editor-in-chief of the anthology, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze and Editor-in-chief of a second poetry anthology, Dandelion in a Vase of Roses. 

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