Thursday, February 9, 2017

Mount Pleasant Cemetery--By Michael Lee Johnson--United States

Mount Pleasant Cemetery
(Toronto, Ontario Canada)

Gravediggers uprooting caskets
with sharp, steel shovels-
each slicing step downward
through nerve-rooted earth
cooper pennies jingle in change
pouches dangling by their sides.

They chat casually of Jesus,
His painless resurrection
from the sealed tomb,
money-changers being chased
away from God’s holy temple.

Michael Lee Johnson is a poet, editor, publisher, freelance writer, amateur photographer, small business owner in Itasca, Illinois.  He has been published in more than 880 small press magazines in 27 countries, and he edits 10 poetry sites.  Michael is the author of The Lost American:  From Exile to Freedom, several chapbooks of poetry, including From Which Place the Morning Rises and Challenge of Night and Day, and Chicago.  See his website for more about him     


  1. Dear Michael,
    Thank you for this unusual poem.
    It is quite challenging to think through.

  2. Michael, call me crazy but Seamus Heaney came to mind when I read your poem. Well done in your own right.

  3. Michael,
    This is great. 10 poetry sites -- I don't know how you have tome to manage them all and still find the time to post here.
    Your friend,
    David Fox
    P.S. Can you share international sites you have been published in that are still existing on the web?

  4. Interesting Michael, Grave money digger robbers talking about Jesus
    Driving money changers out of the temple, I'll bet a coyote yap would
    frighent them out of the grave yard. I liked reading this.