March 7, 2015


Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era. Today he is a poet, freelance writer, photographer, and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois.  He has been published in more than 875 small press magazines in 27 countries, and he edits 9 poetry sites.    Author's website  He has over 70 poetry videos on YouTube:  

Indiana Poem

A few tales

of the reasons

I love Indiana.

Breaking loose from the state line

of Illinois, bursting down the Indiana

toll road near Lake Station

heading south

smelling smoke of old

gray steel mills

seeping out

of Gary

left behind me.

Work disappeared, dreams died-

steel men, strong men

ribs of fire courage of

union dreamers

long gone and most laid off

pension plans stolen,

now gas station employees

travelers of the

past, snuff chewers

labor wages and laws,

small lakes and fishing ponds

with half sunken boats

with tips pointed sky high

and memories dripping

off the lips of clouds.

I am banging out 75 mph

in my raspberry Geo Tracker-

as Jesus said to me:

  “I tell you the truth 

  nothing ever changes in

  Indiana but the seasons

  and size of the corn ears."

~Michael Lee Johnson 

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