For all those murdered today by unknown assailants


Fate intentionally guided

your unfortunate movements,

and you unknowingly complied

with plans designed to eliminate you.

For this day long ago had been set aside

as the day without reason
you would die.

St. Mary’s Accident

Over active toilet seat
busy little life
sitting with her fingers crossed
wants to be a wife.

Those goddamn sneaky spies

with their sixteen millimeter eyes 


In all the bathrooms of the world

little cameras hummmm

as they reel us in frame by frame

recording our hand

and bowel movements.

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Michael C. Keith is the author of four story collections and an acclaimed memoir. Find him at