no sleep ’til… or after… or surrounding seattle…


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if you want to go far



back by sometime still called monday

we travel by landmark and compass
an itinerary that
not only includes
but demands
getting lost

what’s needed
highly re-evaluated

we have friends in every port–
some will pull through
and some will
forget what day it is

piss by the side of the road
carry various weaponary
but most importantly
always carry a can opener

you do have to know
a stranger when you see one

be careful out there
safe travels, all that

clues to watch out for are:
and anyone else sunk so low
all they have is
it’s us or them..
look for desperation
never forget crazy
and anyone thinking they
the bloodlust riffs off them
loud as sirens, those ones

sometimes they come with smiles
but still
you usually know.

-Michele McDannold 3/26/15

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