The unconscious mind is decidedly simple, unaffected, straightforward, and honest. It hasn’t got all of this facade, this veneer of what we call adult culture. It’s rather simple, rather childish. It’s direct and free.

 — Milton H. Erikson

What is God’s end game?
          Jasmine-scented pajamas

Question Michelle Tennison,  Answer Sabine Miller (2015)

How many muscles are in a body?

Q&A Session with Timothy Binkele, Anna Binkele (age 14), Seth Binkele (age 11), Cole Binkele (age 5), Ella Binkele (age 3), Mary Ellen Binkele, and Michelle Tennison (2015)





The above poem is from Burl, one of my favorite haiku collections of all time, written by Mark Harris and published by Red Moon Press.
As are these:






to be
five instars in


Mark was kind enough to play a round of Questions and Answers with me. The results are still resonating and expanding for me, months later. Some have already appeared on A Lit Jellyfish. Here are a few more:


Is fear necessary?
          Lessons learned from despair


What is group hypnosis?
          It’s like crossing a field of dry goldenrod stalks


Why are the ice caps melting?
          A moth fluttering in a closed hand


Questions Michelle Tennison,  Answers Mark Harris (2016)