White Star Liner Notes, 1912

Plenty of would-be adventurers couldn’t buy tickets on the Titanic. And then, what happened. For once bless the shortage of funds. We missed the chance to face death with grace or hysteria. Miss the boat and curse your luck. Hard to believe, but some apparent setbacks are what save us.

Todd Mercer won the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts Flash Fiction Award and two Kent County Dyer-Ives Poetry Prizes. His digital chapbook, Life-wish Maintenance appeared at Right Hand Pointing. Mercer’s recent poetry and fiction appear in Bartleby Snopes, Eunoia Review, Magnolia Review, and Two Cities Review, among others.