Umbrella by the Dumpster at Night

O short-stringed kite of the underworld

O flightless black moth


O crumpled cage of the rainless

O question mark of the masses

O hustler at doorways and bus-stops


O dance of the tall and hatless

O fallen perfect arches


O gaunt fashionista

O sterile hydrangea

O shake of muddy dog


O broken sky

Elena E. Johnson’s poetry has been short-listed for contests in ARC, Malahat Review and This Magazine and anthologized in Rocksalt — Contemporary Poets of British Columbia. In 2008 she was the inaugural writer-in-residence at a remote research station in the Yukon. She lives in Vancouver.