Sing It Frank, Physical Therapy
by Michael Lee Johnson

Sing it Frank
I'm busy at physical therapy
struggling with back spasms
looking out this window, these clouds
this rain, slice this thunder,
listening to your songs over again
on the Muzak for this 6th week in a row,
peddling this mechanical bike,
might as well be a mechanical bull
with a heat pad on my spinal cord.
I'm deep inside your larynx 10 minutes
3 times a week tickling it back and forth,
jousting and reviewing those playgrounds
of all your illicit affairs.  With a few shots of vodka
peddling these wheels with intensified pressure
I can appreciate Lana Turner, Judy Garland, 
Lauren Bacall, even Marilyn Monroe.
“This is my kind of town Chicago is, 
my kind of town Chicago is.”
Michael Lee Johnson lived for ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era. Today he is a poet, freelance writer, editor, publisher, photographer who experiments with poetography (blending poetry with photography), and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois, who has been published in more than 935 small press magazines in 28 countries, he edits 11 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, Challenge of Night and Day, and Chicago Poems. He also has over 114 poetry videos on YouTube. He is also the editor-in-chief/publisher of anthology, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, and editor-in-chief of soon to be released anthology, Dandelion In A Vase Of Roses. He has been nominated for 2 Pushcart Prize awards and for Best of the Net. He can be found online at
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Barking Sycamores is a literary journal entirely edited and operated by queer neurodivergent people of color. We publish poetry, artwork, short fiction (beginning with Issue 3), creative nonfiction (beginning with Issue 8), and hybrid genre work (beginning with Issue 9) by emerging and established neurodivergent writers as well as essays on neurodiversity and literature and book reviews (beginning with Issue 10).

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