Everything Red for the Queen – by Michael Lee Johnson

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Everything is red

in the kingdom of the queen.

Matador hat with barnacles,

witch white hair to the shoulders,

tickling the breast.

In her eyes are the blood shot

of many vampires;

in her heart the daggers

of many soldiers.

Five inky fingers

cross her throat

like an ill-fitted necklace.

Her dress is like heart charms,

scales of fish dripping

blood toward her toes.

Withy, twists around her throat.

Anglers of the court toss hooks

toward her cherry red lips,

capture the moment

of the haze of purple

surrounding her head.

Everything is red

in the kingdom of the queen.

Death changes colors from red to blue.


Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era. He is a Canadian and USA citizen. Today he is a poet, editor, publisher, freelance writer, amateur photographer, small business owner in Itasca, Illinois.

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