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  Cover Issue 15 I AM THE DUSTMAN


I am the dustman,

I am the lazy spirit

in your mind, vulture

of your thoughts

body and I feel it all day

all night-

street sweeper, garbage collector,

villager and dwellers

of city walkways as well

prairie path-

I hang high on the edges

of your lamppost

dim your lights to yellow

gather myself over

days, weeks, months

then travel, voyager

dumped on your cluster

of books, silverware,

antique furniture pieces

of your mind,

my long sleeves stretch out,

pester your books, your glassware, TVs,

stereos, even your iPhones,

until they turn yellow, die.

I do not burn like a warm

red butt cigarette,

I just lie around in gray black colors.

You spend your life

tap dancing on corner smiles

of a moist, four leaf clover.

While you entertain out there,

I am the dustman:

I do not dance; I cover all.

Beg blind out your window,

moon dust I see it all.

I am the dustman.




Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era: now known as the Illinois poet, from Itasca, IL. Today he is a poet, freelance writer, photographer who experiments with poetography (blending poetry with photography), and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois, who has been published in more than 875 small press magazines in 27 countries, he edits 9 poetry sites. Michael is the author of The Lost American: "From Exile to Freedom", several chapbooks of poetry, including "From Which Place the Morning Rises" and "Challenge of Night and Day", and "Chicago Poems". He also has over 71 poetry videos on YouTube. Read Michael's poetry elsewhere: poetryman.mysite.com, lulu.com/spotlight/promomanusa, www.youtube.com/user/poetrymanusa/video, and amazon.com/The-Lost-American-Exile-Freedom. Follow Michael Lee Johnson on Facebook/poetrymanusa, and twitter/poetrymanusa.

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