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Breath & Shadow

March 2008 - Vol. 5, Issue 1

"Nikki" and "Bathroom Visitor"

written by

Michael Lee Johnson



Watching doves

peck away,

all day long at

a full bowl

of mixed seeds,

out on the balcony,

the cat curls

up on the sofa,

after a meager

meal of house flies,

and dreams of

sparrows with

wide soaring



"Bathroom Visitor"

A horsefly

travels the world

of my bathroom.

Stops at the kitty litter box

on occasion for refueling.

One thousand round trips

including the bathtub area,

and buzzes past the toilet bowl.

Steady pilot, good mileage.

Frequent flier miles.

I swat his journey to an

abrupt end.

Michael Lee Johnson is a poet and freelance writer, from Itasca, Illinois. He is the author of The Lost American: From Exile to Freedom. He has also published two chapbooks of poetry. He has been published in USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, Turkey, Fuji, Nigeria, Algeria, Africa, India, United Kingdom, Republic of Sierra Leone, Thailand, Kuala Lumpur, and Malaysia. He is also publisher and editor of four poetry/flash fiction sites — all presently open for submissions: Birds by Window,  Poetric Legacy, A Tender Touch, and Wizards of the Wind.

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