Painted Cat

By on Oct 7, 2013 in Poetry

Painted wooden cat


(an ekphrastic poem)

The painted cat
on my balcony
hangs in the sun,
bleaches out
its wooden
survival kit,
cut short-
then rots
widen in joints,
no infant sparrow wings
nestled in the hole
beneath its neck-
then falls down.
No longer a swinger
in latter days, August wind.


Michael Lee Johnson is a poet and freelance writer from Itasca, Illinois. Michael has been published in over 23 countries. He is also editor/publisher of four poetry sites, which can be found at his Web site: His published works can also be found there. His books are available on You can also now watch him on YouTube.