Possum Slim.

By Michael Lee Johnson


 

105

Possum Slim

drinks gin,

talks with the dead.

“Strange kind of folks

come around here,

strange ghosts”

he says, “come

creeping pretty regular.

Just 2 ghosts,

the only women I ever loved,

the only women I ever shot dead.”

-1975-

(Revised 2011)






Michael Lee Johnson is a poet, freelance writer and small business owner of custom imprinted promotional products and apparel, from Itasca, Illinois.  He is heavily influenced by  Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Irving Layton, Leonard Cohen, and Allen Ginsberg.  His new poetry chapbook with pictures, titled From Which Place the Morning Rises, and his new photo version of The Lost American: from Exile to Freedom are available at Lulu. The original version of The Lost American: from Exile to Freedom, can be found at here.