REVIEW AMERICANA

 

Spring 2016

Volume 11, Issue 1

http://www.americanpopularculture.com/review_americana/spring_2016/johnson.htm




MICHAEL LEE JOHNSON

 

Harvest Time

 

A Métis lady, drunk -
hands folded, blanketed as in prayer
over a large brown fruit basket
naked of fruit, no vine, no vineyard
inside - approaches the Edmonton,
Alberta adoption agency.
There are only spirit gods
inside her empty purse.

Inside the basket, an infant,
restrained from life,
with a fruity winesap apple
wedged like a teaspoon
of autumn sun
inside its mouth.
A shallow pool of tears mounts
in his native baby blue eyes.
Snuffling, the mother offers
a slim smile, turns away.
She slithers voyeuristically
through near slum streets
and alleyways,
looking for drinking buddies
to share a hefty pint
of applejack wine.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

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