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KIRBY WRIGHT : Waiting for Rain During the Drought
MICHAEL LEE JOHNSON : Mindful, Mindless, October Date (V3)

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KIRBY WRIGHT
Waiting for Rain During the Drought

The ice plant is dying. Tuesday is no water day. The sky grays. Angels roll their barrels. Lightning cracks to the north. Cat snores through thunder. Doves abandon feeders, huddle in pine. Message machine plays an ancient greeting. The caller hangs up. Asphalt waits to release smells. Pray for umbrellas.

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MICHAEL LEE JOHNSON
Mindful, Mindless, October Date (V3)

Mindful of my lover running late, as common as tying my shoestrings; I'm battered as an armadillo shell; I put my rubber band around my emotional body, hold tight, armor my manliness, walk like a stud in darkness. I’m sealed with dismay. Though everything in October, has a bright side, a shade of orange, a hint of witches and goblins. In the leaves between my naked feet and toes, I pace my walk feverishly, trying to avoid adjectives and soured screams, in the parking lot. I count them? color charts, fragments, bites, anything of matter: hickory leaves golden, sassafras greens and yellows, maples of scarlet, shades of pink, even purple. The landscape is turning turf brown. Barefooted I break into tears, the year-fragmented. I'm male discolored in this relationship, tested and declared void of my testosterone no sexual rectification or recharging of my batteries. I lie limp, native within myself, my circumstance? mindful of my lover running late. She finally arrives; I quickly transition myself.

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MICHAEL LEE JOHNSON
Fall is Golden (V3)

The last golden yellow apple
hangs like a healing miracle
bow down old apple tree
winter is coming.
Life is a single thread this time.

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