Group Therapy. A poem by Michael Lee Johnson

michael lee johnson

Group Therapy

 Wind chimes.
 It’s going to rain tonight, thunder.
 I’m going to lead the group tonight talking
 about Rational Emotive Therapy,
 belief challenges thought change,
 Dr. Albert Ellis.
 I’m a hero in my self-worship,
 self-infused patient of my pain,
 thoughtful, probabilistic atheism
 with a slant toward Jesus in private.
 Rules roll gently creeping
 through my body with arthritis 
 a hint of mental pain.
 Sitting in my 2001 Chevy S-10 truck,
 writing this poem, late as usual.
 It’s going to rain, thunder
 heavy tonight.

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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, DuPage County, Illinois. Mr. Johnson published in more than 1098 new publications, and his poems have appeared in 40 countries, he edits, publishes ten poetry sites. Michael Lee Johnson has been nominated for 2 Pushcart Prize awards poetry 2015/1 Best of the Net 2016/2 Best of the Net 2017, 2 Best of the Net 2018.  Two hundred seventeen poetry videos are now on YouTube Editor-in-chief poetry anthology, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze:; editor-in-chief poetry anthology, Dandelion in a Vase of Roses available here

Editor-in-chief Warriors with Wings:  The Best in Contemporary Poetry,  Member Illinois State Poetry Society:

Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie's first novel, Stillwater, will be released in the spring of 2023. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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