He could calculate the secrets of ciphers grabbling with white ledgers and tight rows of numbers. Who else would appreciate the eloquence of one? This fat place maker known as zero? Why mystics marveled at the holy seven? While he slept his dreams multiplied. Suddenly long division subtracted an unknown quantity yet sums still added … More An Accountant by Joan Mcnerny
Next life I will be a little higher on the pecking order. No longer a dishwasher at the House of Pancakes, or Ricky’s All Day Grill, or Sunday night small dog thief. I will evolve into the Prince of Bullfrogs, crickets don’t bother, swamp flies don’t bother me-I eat them. Alligators I avoid. I urinate … More Reincarnation by Michael Lee Johnson
a horse runs on a long treadmill at first we say this is not normal but the horse runs on the long treadmill long enough we normalize it there’s that horse running on the long treadmill
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 … More Everything Red for the Queen by Michael Lee Johnson
Explosions rip the night but nobody pauses. It’s the 4th of July and the fireworks show erupts with color and sound in a peaceful celebration of a beautiful ideal, a brilliant document, a revolutionary concept democracy, though only for some.