Wednesday, 14 November 2012


by John Xero

A child's toy: a caricatured man: squat and broad, black trousers, black and white striped shirt, black domino mask, bulky bag labelled: SWAG.

What if the cause was the effect? Cause: effect.

Oh, the Earth is missing. Did I mention that?

Earth: missing.

A mishap, perhaps: misplaced. Or stolen, whole: thieved.

Burglarised or magicked? Stolen, or concealed.

Sleight of celestial event: "Look, supernova! Oh, where's you planet gone?"

Converted, maybe, to energy. Or thought: a conceptual theft.

Everyone in the world imagining a SWAG bag: the world in a SWAG bag in everyone's imagining.

Are you imagining it? Good. Bye.

Author bio: John Xero wants one of those sunlight lamps for the dark days ahead (otherwise known as winter). And not because someone's about to steal the sun. But if they do, it definitely wasn't him, no sir.


  1. all is data, even the apparent material solidity of a planet.

    What I want to know is who is the fence for such booty?

    marc nash

    1. Maybe they just needed it out of the way to build an intergalactic highway. Now for some poetry. ;)

      Thanks, Marc. =)

  2. Good to see you FridayFlashing again, John! Information-dense, this one.

    Matter is energy, energy is matter. Perhaps a wizard chanted the ancient formula "E equals em cee squared" and now the Earth is fueling skimmers on Tatooine?

    1. Thanks, Larry. =)

      So long as my soul juice gets to power an amp in the Mos Eisley Cantina I think I can die happy... ;)

  3. A little surreal, and altogether very neat, an almost whimsical take on everything being taken away. Enjoyed it a bunch, John.

  4. Are you sure it's just not at the dry cleaners? ^__^ This has a nice surreal feel to it John!

    1. Thank you, Helen. =)

      Let's hope they haven't lost the ticket! But a nice clean Earth, now that wouldn't be so bad, would it?

  5. I certainly am imagining it John, I think I've seen that guy lurking around here somewhere too... :-)

    1. I think he's lurking somewhere in all our heads? Isn't he? ;)

      Thanks, Steve. =)

  6. Fantastic word play. Loved it.
    Adam B @revhappiness