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  Cover Issue 15 I AM THE DUSTMAN

by MICHAEL LEE JOHNSON
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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.


   
   

 

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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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