Michael Lee Johnson

Rookie - 72 Points (1947 / Brazil, Indiana)

Charley Plays A Tune (V5) - Poem by Michael Lee Johnson

Charley Plays a Tune (V5)
By Michael Lee Johnson

Crippled, in Chicago,
with arthritis
and Alzheimer's,
in a dark rented room,
Charley plays
melancholic melodies
on a dust-filled
harmonica he
found abandoned
on a playground of sand years ago,
by a handful of children playing on monkey bars.
He hears bedlam when he buys fish at the local market
and the skeleton bones of the fish show through.
He lies on his back, riddled with pain,
pinecones fill his pillows and mattress,
praying to Jesus and rubbing his rosary beads
Charley blows tunes out his
celestial instrument
notes float through the open window
touch the nose of summer clouds.
Charley overtakes himself with grief
and is ecstatically alone.
Charley plays a solo tune.


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Topic(s) of this poem: Aging

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Poem Edited: Friday, July 25, 2014

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