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  • Michael Lee Johnson

Like Zen

This version

is tacitly the best.

I am in the morning sun

when the artist arrives.

My pair of pajamas

sleep in frozen still patterns.

I turn my face oriental with my poems.

Cherry blossoms, I turn inside out

light pink to white, brevity, for a short

time then walk alone, then die.

I hear the sound of notes in my ears

approaching on silent footprints.

I enter the monastic life; abandon untimely

meals, vulgar songs, and dance, mime statuette

toss garlands, toss racy clothing,

abstain skunk of perfumes abstain no visitors.

I leave all sinful shadows behind.

But I am of this world, not out of this world.

I swear way too much and pray too little.

The way of Zen and Jesus is a boxing match.

Crack and smack a curse

twigs break silence.

About Michael Lee Johnson:

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 300 plus YouTube poetry videos. Michael Lee Johnson is an internationally published poet in 45 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 453 published poems. Michael is the administrator of 6 Facebook Poetry groups. Member Illinois State Poetry Society:

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