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September 2007 Poets Page


A celebration of poetry written by members and friends of the MuseItUp Club. Submissions are invited for this page.*


Cell Phone Mania


by   Michael Lee Johnson




Hollow people,

small people with big ear openings,

aisle walkers of endless babble-

big heads, small heads, big thoughts,

no thoughts at all, mounds of 

words piling up on each other.

Free time is cell phone time.

Jaw bone structures jumbling up and down

like pairs of disjointed loose lips;

skeletons of moving gestures

fingers, and hands dancing in the air

pointing to here, pointing to there;

scare those who walk beside them

scare those who sit beside them

in moving cars.

Peapods cell phones jammed in and around

earlobes like miniature rubber mallets.

Speaker phone gadget grinding against white teeth

Conversations, at the grocery store, dripping out

of dried mouths about brand cans of  peas or pears,

which softness of diapers preferred for the babies ass.

Free time is cell phone time.

They roam and talk everywhere seriously about nothing.

Weekends are free times for ignoring the rest of the universe.

Babies carry deactivated phones with 911options

in grocery push carts designed like miniature cars.

The world is a plastic phone shaped and held

like a household fixture communicating

with no one, no one of consequence

or importance.

Free time is cell phone time.


© Michael Lee Johnson 2007



Mr. Michael Lee Johnson lives in Chicago, IL after spending 10 years in Edmonton, Alberta Canada during the Viet Nam era. He is a freelance writer and poet. He is heavy influenced by Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Irving Layton, and Leonard Cohen.   250 plus poems published. He is a member of Poets & Writers, Inc; Directory of American Poets & Fictions Writers: . Recent publications: The Orange Room Review, Bolts of Silk, Chantarelle's Notebook, The Foliate Oak Online Literary Magazine, Poetry Cemetery, Official Site of Laura Hird, The Centrifugal Eye, Adagio Verse Quarterly, Scorched Earth Publishing,  Café Del Soul (The Cynic Online Magazine) and many others.

 Published in USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Nigeria Africa, India, United Kingdom


Michael Lee Johnson, Author of:

The Lost American:  From Exile to Freedom






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Please include the words “Muse Marquee Poetry Submission” in the subject line. Special themes for the next months are nature and animals.


The Poets Page is edited by Les Stephenson.