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Lorie - Michael Lee Johnson
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Restless Hawk (V2)

The angels of wings are always in flight

be the devil or archangel Michael.

I'm a hawk, I'm a night owl night

barroom flights, fighter,

seeing eyes that eye me contact,

not blind, a rhythm of sensuality.

I take my shower, deep breath,

scrub good off my skin, breath

in the single night, air alone.

These shadows highway unknown

Jesus crosses my night path

Jesus crosses my sky early morn

with a paintbrush, a rainbow

and a promise when

I wake a new dream begins.

Single life is a barroom bitch.

Please listen to the audio file of Michael Lee Johnson

reciting his Poem.


March 2018

      Elizabeth Beck

       Ed Werstein


February 2018

      Victoria Anne Williams

       Jonathan Travelstead

       Marilyn Zelke Windaw


August 2017

      Jocelyn Moore

      Al Simmons

      Michael Lee Johnson


July 2017


       Dan Abernathy

       Jocelyn Moore

       Dr. Blaise Allen

       Tim Kahl


June, 2017


              Dan Abernathy

              Carman Hittle

              Mya Swain

              Jocelyn Moore


April 2017


              Todd Moore

              Dan Abernathy

              Donal Mahoney

              A.D. Whans


March 2017


             Dan Abernathy

              Katie Ernst

              Jocelyn Moore

              Shayla Peredies


February 2017


              Dan Abernathy

              Katie Ernst

              Bonnie McDonnall


       Michael Lee Johnson


The Spoken Word

April 2018

~ Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era and is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. Today he is a poet, freelance writer, amateur photographer, and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois.  Mr. Johnson published in more than 1016 publications, his poems have appeared in 35 countries, he edits, publishes 10 different poetry sites.  Michael Lee Johnson, Itasca, IL, nominated for 2 Pushcart Prize awards for poetry 2015/1 Best of the Net 2016/and 2 Best of the Net 2017.  He also has 156 poetry videos on YouTube:  He is the Editor-in-chief of the anthology, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze: and Editor-in-chief of a second poetry anthology, Dandelion in a Vase of Roses which is now available here:

 Michael Lee Johnson


Leonard Cohen My Friend (V2)

Death is a bitch and a whore

comes with hat on or off,

Jewish, Christian or lover years ago called Nancy.

Death is a passport, a left behind baggage note.

My leverage sinks, I see you pass human.

These my fears, your fright, being broke, old-royalties stole Suzanne.

Now branches, extended limbs, point outward nowhere-

doors Montreal collapse tomb, dance with me,

end perfume love, a few dead flowers.

Please listen to the audio file of Michael Lee Johnson

reciting his Poem. 


Classic 70's Chick (V2)

Classic 70's chick

scent of these times

gold digger want to be.

Poet & scholar stuck on

T.S. Eliot “The Waste Land.”

She tracks down a few stray men,

prospect hunks, & greenback dreams.

Her long legs stretched out

beneath this dinette table, these

high wooden heels hang out

@ Dusty, Dingy Bar & Grill.

She's drenched-Charlie by Revlon 1973,

high hopes 4 sugar daddies,

fragile body, insecure but lean.

She wears that hot apple, sex red, jumpsuit.

That yellow bandana hangs

around her neck lowered downtown

below her bosom with a grin.

Her head stuff, insulated with cotton candy dreams

cramped in a Chinese fortune cookie aphorism.

G-String strung up itching @ her buttocks

positioned in spot her world for a change.

In action verbs flow,

this dance, these melodies,

Walt Disney world,

her magic pen, her ink that flows.

Please listen to the audio file of Michael Lee Johnson

reciting his Poem. 

Leonard Cohen My Friend (V2) - Michael Lee Johnson
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Lorie, you want to see me clearly

through this joy of my naked body

avoiding the sweat of my emotions,

just breathing on my neck

rubbing this baseline of my groin-

will not find us here again.

Go away, leave me thinking

louder than your breath-

body moves quietly

in a lazy sway of indifference.

Please listen to the audio file of Michael Lee Johnson

reciting his Poem. 

Classic 70's Chick (V2) - Michael Lee Johnson
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Restless Red Hawk (V2) - Michael Lee Johnson
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Saskatchewan Sky - Michael Lee Johnson
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Saskatchewan Sky



just a preview of love,

chip off

an edge of


chip an edge off


and opening

multiple eyes

toward spring.

They-lovers, find themselves

near evening bush fire-

great seal fish and open lake,

cuddle together-

so wonderful there-

where she comes from,

where did she go to

from here.

Please listen to the audio file of Michael Lee Johnson

reciting his Poem. 

Contributing to the Chaos – The Oral Art of the Spoken Word

is Seeking Poetry Submissions!

Contributing to the Chaos – The Oral Art of the Spoken Word

is seeking well-crafted poems, three poems per submission. We also will post the audio files for the poems when available. Include poets name, location, where to be followed on the web. Expect a semi-timely response. We publish poetry on a weekly basis.  As of now, the Contributing to the Chaos cannot pay for poetry, but poetry and links will be kept live on the website.  Email them with subject title, Poetry Submission – Your Name, to


What we like:

Contributing to the Chaos – The Oral Art of the Spoken Word and its readers like travelers, vagabonds and gypsies of all shapes and sizes, especially those with a sense of bohemian vagrancy of dark, jovial and yet humble, the ones that are electrified to be known as an outlaw poet. Beatnik type poems with a little sparkle and a lot more grime that would make Boroughs, Bukowski and Brautigan take note.  Above all we are a kind bunch that care for nature and the natural way of being while seeking a hedonistic way and we love to laugh. If you fit into this wide range of anti-conformity and can contribute, or just have something that totally doesn’t fit into any category but you want us to read, please send them in.


Contributing to the Chaos is an online newsletter that promotes the eclectic ways of Dan Abernathy, but in doing so he surrounds himself with like-minded talented people that bring us all to life. Thought provoked freethinking that flows towards free speech. It’s an underground type newsletter for open minded people highlighting the arts, hot springs, poetry, travel, moments of compassion, moments of political stupidity and all the wonderful oddities that catch the eye. A place where no is seldom heard.

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