An Off Day


By John L. Malone

He was having an off day.
No reports came in.
The odds were heavily against it,
Astronomical, in fact, he knew
But there you were,
Blue moons, black swans, a win
In a billion dollar lottery.
They happen.
But it didn’t help his mood.
Perhaps he should stop wearing black.
Lighten up a little.
Wear something trendier.
T-shirt, chinos, loafers perhaps?
He had become something of a cliché.
What would his boss say?
Could he be fired?
His shoulders slumped.
His scythe dropped.
He let out a sigh.
No one had died on his watch
That day.

John Malone is a South Australian writer of short stories, flash fiction and poetry.


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