protect the innocents



There’s a greediness that compels her moves. In the have-nots of the moment she is not aware of, leftover from youth when there was no choice or control. It’s easier to place it in the material things, vanity, the generous nature of the 5-star comment card. That hand up she’s offering is worth only the least weight of pulling you down at the right moment. It’s the trap door gag that nobody’s laughing at. Only the sad fake smile of a clown…

Michele McDannold is the author of Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days, a book of poetry available from PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. For more, please visit


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