Melancholy Hyperbole

Poetry about longing.


One person’s tiresome wedgie is the next one’s intentional camel-toe. Tastes vary. Like sands through lycra-spandex, these are beach days.

The water’s right here. Sun worshippers drove hours to splay lakeside, sweating without submerging themselves. Those people wouldn’t quit their jobs if they won the lottery.

We live so close, we walked.

The legions are quietly hammered. Those coolers aren’t just to chill sandwiches.

The sun’s going over to the other side, a loyalty issue.

I’m going in. Come in.

She’s a wave-breaker, I’m a fever quenched by hydrotherapy. This seaside tableaux—someone’s extended reverie, the next person’s after-life training.


Todd Mercer Feb 2 2015TODD MERCER moderates the Writers Squared Series for the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters. He won the first Woodstock Writers Festival’s Flash Fiction contest. His chapbook, Box of Echoes, won the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press contest and his digital chapbook, Life-wish Maintenance (2015) appeared at Right Hand Pointing. Mercer’s poetry and fiction appear in journals such as The Camel Saloon, Camroc Press Review, and Main Street Rag Anthologies.


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  1. LOVE THIS!!! Well done, Todd Mercer!

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