REINCARNATION – Michael Lee Johnson


Next life I will be a little higher up the pecking order.
No longer a dishwasher at the House of Pancakes
or Ricky’s All Day Grill, or Sunday night small dog thief.
I will evolve into the Prince of Bullfrogs.  Crickets don’t bother me.
Swamp flies don’t bother me–I eat them.  Alligators I avoid.
I urinate on lily pads, mate across borders and continents at will.
Someone else from India can wash my dishes for me.
Forward all complaints to the Ministry of Religious Affairs.





Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada, Vietnam era. Today he is a poet, in Itasca, Illinois; published in 1043 small press magazines in 37 countries; 173 poetry videos. Nominated 2 Pushcart and 4 Best of the Net nominations in poetry. He is the Editor-in-Chief of 3 poetry anthologies:  Dandelion in a Vase of Roses, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, and Warrior with Wings: the Best in Contemporary Poetry all available on Find more at

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