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Todd Mercer

Ephemeral & Transitory

We have until they go out into the world,
after which we wonder if we really had them at all,
the way the clock and the calendar
flap in the wind
on the last standing wall
of heartbreak.


Todd Mercer was born ready, then was not at all ready, next became over-confident believing himself more than ready, followed by being notably unready, and hopefully now is once again ready.


 

 

Todd Mercer

The Ming Ten Directive

Reach for the stars,
but be the reasonable person
capable of gleaning happiness
from a plate of decent sushi too.


Todd Mercer is a regular guy who was nominated for Fiction and Poetry Pushcarts last year, but still answers his own e-mails anyway.


 

Pushcart Nominee 2019

Todd Mercer

The Optimist

“Keep on believing in UFOs,
you magnificent bastard,”
said the Best Man at my fifth wedding
when I tried to explain to him
how I make my decisions.


Todd Mercer, who was nominated for Best of the Net in 2018, is going to keep on believing in UFOs.


 

Todd Mercer

The Optimist

“Keep on believing in UFOs,
you magnificent bastard,”
said the Best Man at my fifth wedding
when I tried to explain to him
how I make my decisions.


Todd Mercer, who was nominated for Best of the Net in 2018, is going to keep on believing in UFOs.


 

Todd Mercer

Skewering

“Stab me once, shame on you…”
says my shrink-friend, voting for divorce
over patching up, while we grill a ton of meat
for his umpteen teenage offspring,
“…fewer punctures = better.”

Todd Mercer coined the popular culture term “high-tracked” (becoming side-tracked from one’s stream of thought due to being high) and wrote a digital chapbook, Life-wish Maintenance, which appears at Right Hand Pointing.

Todd Mercer

DEFCON 1

“Jesus wept,” Mom said,
that prominent forehead vein flexing
as her offspring scattered to the four points
of the compass, no one lingering
to see the explosion, or what landed where.

Todd Mercer coined the popular culture term “high-tracked” (becoming side-tracked from one’s stream of thought due to being high) and wrote a digital chapbook, Life-wish Maintenance, which appears at Right Hand Pointing.

Todd Mercer

Collect

I called Eddie Kendricks
when I felt all hope was gone
and Eddie to his credit
mumbled heartfelt support
like it wasn’t 3 a.m.
in Detroit, Michigan.

Todd Mercer coined the popular culture term “high-tracked” (becoming side-tracked from one’s stream of thought due to being high) and wrote a digital chapbook, Life-wish Maintenance, which appears at Right Hand Pointing.