Aphelion Issue 279, Volume 26
December 2022/January 2023
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Mother, Edith, at 98

by Michael Lee Johnson

Edith, in this nursing home
blinded with macular degeneration,
I come to you with your blurry
eyes, crystal sharp mind,
your countenance of grace−
as yesterday's winds
I have chosen to consume you
and take you away.

"Oh, where did Jesus disappear
to", she murmured,
over and over again,
in a low voice
dripping words
like a leaking faucet:
"Oh, there He is my
Angel of the coming."

© 2007 Michael Lee Johnson

Michael Lee Johnson is a poet and freelance writer from Itasca, Illinois. His brand new chapbook, From Which Place the Morning Rises is now available at http://www.lulu.com/ and can be purchased at http://www.lulu.com/content/4654746 or http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=1395387. He also has 2 previous chapbooks available at: http://stores.lulu.com/poetryboy. 

He is also the author of "The Lost American: from Exile to Freedom", http://www.iuniverse.com/bookstore/book_detail.asp?isbn=0-595-46091-7. He has been published in USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, Turkey, Fiji, Nigeria, Algeria, India, the United Kingdom, Republic of Sierra Leone, Israel, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Finland, and Poland internet radio. Michael Lee Johnson has been published in more than 280 different publications worldwide. Audio MP3 of poems are available on request.

He is publisher and editor of four poetry flash fiction sites--all presently open for submission:


Author website: http://poetryman.mysite.com/

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