The American Journal of Poetry
"Strong Rx Medicine"®


Betsy Johnson-Miller

the problem with fewer thoughts and kinder ones*


a red winged       broken thing    in a ditch

a calf        curled in the dirt       chained to stay quiet

to stay tender



*On the Mayo Clinic News Network, Dr. Amit Sood wrote that we should, “. . . cultivate a mind that thinks kinder, happier, and fewer thoughts.”



BETSY JOHNSON-MILLER's work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Boulevard, North American Review, and Poet Lore.



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