No longer content sitting across the aisle
She finally walked over and asked me
“What are you doing?”
“Everyday I see ) you sit with that book and, what is that stuff?”
I opened my book and showed her my sketches.
She yelled, “You draw pictures, no future in that…”
Content with her answers, she returned to her seat.
and I thought, Yeah, just not half as practical as investing
in a hundred scratch tickets.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers… a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.