Heed not Steve

Then I Went and Traded All My Soup For a Fancy New Bowl

enough cash, I guess,
– popped stitches, worn leather holes
in my back pocket
just enough money, I guess,
to get a new wallet


© Steve Mitchell 2015



where all men


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Go Moto Go!

that heavy scent
it might maybe rain –
but for now …


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Win and Win



throwing thrills like

a metaphor


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Not Quite O’er the Deep Blue Sea





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Just Around


hiding…ready to


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Hey There

Hey there, dog, with your big, square head and your squat, square body.

I see you.

Hey there, dog, as you stop in the crosswalk and fight the leash to look at me, right at me, through my windshield, through my sunglasses.

And I look at you.

Hey there, dog,  as you whimper and whine before you surrender to the leash.

And I don’t know.

Are you a friendly dog?

Maybe so.

The light turns green.


springtime  -
he chases a crane fly
out of the fridge


© Steve Mitchell 2015



But Not Me


breezy nap
the neighbor cat too cool
for googly eyes


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If You Blink

Yesterday, on the bike, before the sun, I caught a whiff of citrus bloom.   Spring, short spring, is coming.  I love that smell, every year, and I smiled in my helmet.

And maybe I shouldn’t have written this in past tense, but it still happens, fresh, in your mind, when you read it.  And, anyhow, the moment was passed well before I thought to think it.

We’re all of us one step behind.

And spring is over too soon.


afternoon -
both dogs snoring
their eyes open


© Steve Mitchell 2015



The End

At last, finished!

Dr. Malfor sits back from the workbench and surveys his latest invention, a tangle of charred wires and burnt tubes in an oak box with a brass push-button.

He has invented the Stop Everything Button.

He nods and wipes sweat from his face.  He opens his journal and writes a fast note.

He slaps the journal closed and drops it.

“This is big,” he says to his cat. “This is very, very big.  But, you, my murderous friend, are not concerned with the whims and responsibilities of man.  Hmm?”

The cat ignores him.

Dr. Malfor nods again.  He stands in front of the button.  He inhales through his nose and exhales through pursed lips.

He holds up one finger.  He stretches out his arm, and, with a deliberate, dramatic arc, he pu



© Steve Mitchell 2015




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