The psychic took my personal check and I
quickly questioned all her projections.
Surely she knew my grifter past before predicting
Ten weeks on The Times Top Ten,
Amazon Prime’s Big Pick.
Have you read my stuff
it’s freaking depressing I said.
A curt evaluation I’ll concede but
I don’t see stars anymore
just bullet holes where the light sneaks in.
We need your truth she said
and I thought: Wow!
What a blurb that would make.
Let Kirkus charge me now!
This country ain’t piss she said
lending credence to my last submissions,
heft to my whole oeuvre.
Can I quote ya I asked
w/o grimace, my standard scowl of the day.
Twenty six ninety nine she said
w/o fanfare or delight.
Mike Jurkovic is a 2016 Pushcart nominee and his latest book is AmericanMental, (Luchador Press 2020). His CD reviews appear in All About Jazz,. He is the Tuesday night host of Jazz Sanctuary, WOOC 105.3 FM, Troy, NY.