you contact friends and humblebrag.
An aesthete might snap a picture
to commemorate the grand achievement.
You improvise a puppet show, knock on doors.
If involved with home improvement,
use it to pound nails.
This confirms your suspicion
that you are a superhero
in regular guy clothes.
The citizenry will respect you
for winning where it really matters.
I salute you. You salute yourself.
Tood Mercer moderates the Writers Squared Series at the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He won the first Woodstock Writers Festival’s Flash Fiction contest. His chapbook Box of Echoes (2007) won the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press contest and his digital chapbook Life-wish Maintenance (2015) was published by Right Hand Pointing. Mercer’s poetry and fiction appear in Apocrypha and Abstractions, The Bactrian Room, Blink Ink, Blue Collar Review, The Camel Saloon, Camroc Press Review, Cease, Cows, Cheap Pop, Dunes Review, East Coast Literary Review, Eunoia Review, Falling Star Magazine, 50-Word Stories, The Fib Review, Gravel, Kentucky Review, The Lake, The Legendary, Main Street Rag anthologies, Melancholy Hyperbole, Midwestern Gothic, Misty Mountain Review, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, theNewerYork, One Sentence Poems, Postcard Poems and Prose, Postcard Shorts, Right Hand Pointing, RiverLit, The Second Hump, Spartan and *82 Review.