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CANDLE OF MY NIGHT by Michael Lee Johnson

Candle of My Night 

Michael Lee Johnson


In the candle of my night

I see you blinking your eyes,

pink with a magnanimous

a vocabulary of mythology,

a Nordic star, shy, 

shining in blondness,

resorting, shuffling

back and forth like a 

loaded deck of cards,


your lost teardrops

through the years,

your esteem.

Quarter plugger dollar player

jukebox sing-along,

you're but a street slut,

musical bars and chairs.

You stretch your loins

over the imagination of penises

like a condom. Protected, fruit

preserved on your spreading branches.

You wake up with sun tone memories

then the darkness, those mythical

tales and lost poems of the Poetic Edda

or Marvel comics.

You urinate morning dreams,

thoughts, remnants away.

You aren't my first memory—

candle by night.


Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era. Today he is a poet in the greater Chicagoland area, IL. He has 313 plus YouTube poetry videos. Michael Lee Johnson is an internationally published poet in 46 countries, a song lyricist, has several published poetry books, has been nominated for 7 Pushcart Prize awards, and 6 Best of the Net nominations. He is editor-in-chief of 3 poetry anthologies, all available on Amazon, and has several poetry books and chapbooks. He has over 653 published poems. Michael is the administrator of 6 Facebook Poetry groups and Member of Illinois State Poetry Society.

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