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Now that I desire
By Michael Lee Johnson


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Now that I desire to be close to you

like two occupants sharing a twin bed

sensing the warmth of sweating shoulders,

hungering for your flesh like a wild wolf

leaning over an empty carcass, 

you’re off searching unexplored cliffs,

climbing dangerous mountain tops, 

capturing bumblebees in broken beer bottles for biology class, 

pleasing plants, parachuting from clouds for fun.

In shadows, you’re closer to life, nonsense,

a princess of absurdity, a collector

of dreams and silent sounds.

In clouds, you build your own fantasy.

Share it with select celebrities.

But till this captive discovers a cure for caring, 

a way of rescuing insatiable insanity,

or lives long enough to be patient in longing for you—

you must be vigilant,

for with time, snow will surely

blanket this warm desire.

Image by John Jennings

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 295 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 6 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: http://www.illinoispoets.org/. Do not forget to consider me for Best of the Net or Pushcart nomination!

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