Friday, September 28, 2018

Michael Lee Johnson writes

Restless Hawk (V2)

The angels of wings are always in flight
be the devil or archangel Michael.
I'm a hawk, I'm a night owl night
barroom flights, fighter,
seeing eyes that eye me contact,
not blind, a rhythm of sensuality.
I take my shower, deep breath,
scrub good off my skin, breath
in the single night, air alone.
These shadows highway unknown
Jesus crosses my night path
Jesus crosses my sky early morn
with a paintbrush, a rainbow
and a promise when
I wake a new dream begins.
Single life is a barroom bitch.
Related image 
 Fish Hawk -- John James Audubon


  1. Mikha'el ("Who Is Like God?") appears only 3 times in the Old Testament, all in the 2nd-century BCE "Book of Daniel," in which the prophet Daniel ("God is my Judge") has a vision in which the archangel is revealed as the "the great prince who standeth for the children of thy people" [the Jews] during the 6th-century BCE Babylonian Captivity. According to later rabbinic tradition, Mikha'el acted as the advocate of Israel, and sometimes had to fight against the princes of the other nations and especially against the angel Samael ("Poison of God"), the archangel of death, one of the guises of Satan. When he was thrown down from heaven Samael grabbed the wings of Mikha'el and tried to take him down with him. In the 2nd century Eliezer ben Jacob claimed that it was Mikha'el who rescued Avraham from the furnace into which he had been thrown by Nimrod. He was also identified as the "one that had escaped" (Genesis 14:13), who told Avraham that his nephew Lot had been taken captive, the one who protected Sarah from being defiled by Abimelech, who told Sarah that she would bear a son (Yishaq, Isaac), who rescued Lot at the destruction of Sodom, who prevented Yishaq from being sacrificed by his father by substituting a ram in his stead, who saved Yishaq's son Ya'aqov (Jacob) from being killed in the womb by Samael and later prevented him from being harmed by his father-in-law Laban, who wrestled with Ya'aqov and who afterwards blessed him, who advocated on behalf of the Jews at the time of the Exodus when Satan accused them of idolatry and declared that they deserved to be drowned in the Red Sea, and who destroyed Sennacherib's 185,000 Assyrian troops at the siege of Jerusalem in 701 BCE. The idea that he was the advocate of the Jews became so prevalent that, in spite of the rabbinical prohibition against appealing to angels as intermediaries between God and his people, he continued to hold a place in the Jewish liturgy. In Daniel 12: 1 it was announced that Mikha'el will return at "a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time." Thus, in the New testament: "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels [going forth] to war with the dragon; and the dragon warred and his angels; and they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast down, the old serpent, he that is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world; he was cast down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with him." [Revelation 12: 7-9]. Jude, who was perhaps the brother of Jesus, also referred to him as "contending with the devil and arguing about the body of Moses."

  2. Thank you for the above about Michael and for publishing 3 of my poems.

  3. Actually, Michael, a lot more than 3.....

  4. Under my name I found 3 but may have missed a few, thank you for your support over the years Duane.


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