Heed not Steve



fly you
bees and crows with your
straight lines


© Steve Mitchell 2014

3000 Word Haiku





© Steve Mitchell 2014

Bit by Bit

a crumb
of an idea left
to the ants
o the ant
the an
he e


© Steve Mitchell 2014


It’s early.  The sun is up.

The universe finds me on my bike behind a trailer with six canoes.  They’re stacked  upside down, three on this side, three on that side.

They’re faded green, or blue green, maybe sort of sea green.  Yeah, they’re green, except for the one on the upper right.

It’s early.  The sun is up.

The universe finds me behind five green canoes and one red canoe.


it’s late -
fireflies and the sun both
in the trees


© Steve Mitchell 2014

Easter Evening

This Easter

we eat ham and potatoes and green beans.

And we drink red wine.

My wife gives the dogs a bath.

Our younger son plays Minecraft.

Our older son will stop by for a haircut

I go outside.

Three boys ride their bikes down the alley. Sirens echo from the freeway.

I decide to have a cigar, the first I’ve had since February.

It tastes good.

But I might not finish it

this Easter


on the west
won’t hold still moon -
now it’s south


© Steve Mitchell 2014

There’s That

no rain but -
a little brown bird on
a tall red chair


© Steve Mitchell 2014

There May Have Been Alcohol

There once was a man with a plan

to sell frozen flan in Iran.

He borrowed a van

from a buddy named Stan,

and drove it right into the sea.


© Steve Mitchell 2014


boyhood box
lustrous feathers and rocks
bottle caps


© Steve Mitchell 2014

Maybe on the Next Go Around

A blood moon?

I ‘d never heard of such a thing.  A blood moon?  Really?

I wanted to stay up and see it.  It might be a once in a lifetime thing.

How can I pass up a once in a lifetime thing?

A blood moon!  Those probably only happens once in, once in a, um . . . well, once in a blue moon.


Eh, but, you know; the eclipse didn’t start until so late in the night.

Lucie and I struggled to stay up.

We looked at the moon once around ten.  It shined bright and normal.

We checked again around 11 and the eclipse had just started, maybe, sort of.

We dragged ourselves out at 11:30 and the moon was half eclipsed but not really red at all.

Then we went to sleep.

I felt kind of guilty.  I gave up on this maybe once in a lifetime opportunity.

But life goes on and, hey!  I did, at least, manage to get a photo:


Well, no, it’s not the moon.

It’s the foil from the bottle of wine Lucie and I shared with dinner.

But it’s round.

And it’s red.

Close enough.



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