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100-word Micro-flash Ronin by T.L. Murphy


by T.L. Murphy

He had pills to make you sleepy, pills to make you smart, pills to turn your eyes blue. We called him Snot-Rag Slim because he’d been losing weight since nineteen-sixty-eight, looked like roadkill down on its luck and was reduced to the shortest distance between two thoughts until someone dropped a wad and he’d materialize in one of nine astral planes, which any quantum physicist will tell you is both exciting and dull at the same time. 

But he rolled out enough dust to defoliate Asia with a two-for-one special on self-esteem. So I bought a dozen hits. 

About the author

TL Murphy - Ronin
TL Murphy – Ronin
T.L. Murphy is the Poet Laureate of Canmore, Alberta.  He has published poetry and short fiction in Freefall, Wax, Light Journal of Poetry and Photography, Grain, The Antigonish Review, The Eckerd Review, Blue Sky Poetry, geist.com, Migratory Words volumes 3, 4 & 5, Poetic Imaginations, Occupy, and Poetry Hall.  He is a spoken-word performance artist and author of the chapbook “Up Cape Fear” available at Lulu.com.  His collection “100 Words, 100 Stories” is forthcoming. See more of T.L. Murphy’s work at https://tlmurphypoetry.wordpress.com

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