Belly Laugh

The space ship descends on the 50 yard line in the middle of the Army-Navy football game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Coming down in what appears to be a metallic object about thirty feet high and 15 feet wide. The creature steps out of space ship yet does not seem to frighten anyone. He, or maybe, it, is roughly seven feet high and three or four feet wide. It holds up a hand, or what resembles a hand, perhaps as a sign of peace. The President of the United States sitting in the stands jumps up and imitates the motion. The creature signals the President to come forward. Having a big ego and being brash the President walks out to midfield. He is followed by three Secret Service and two Philadelphia policemen. The President’s bleached blonde hair flaps in the wind. His nose is a bit red in the cold and his orange face has darkened. His overcoat is unbuttoned to reveal a white shirt and red tie. His belly protrudes as he walks up to the creature that towers above him. The President signals his body guards to hang back. As the President opens his mouth the creature opens his and like a chameleon a tongue flashes out, grabs the President, pulls and swallows the man who claims to be the smartest and most powerful man on Earth. The body guards scatter, and everyone and runs for the exits. The creature stands at midfield with a shaking belly, climbs back into his space ship and takes off.


Zvi A. Sesling is the Brookline, MA Poet Laureate. He has published poetry, short stories and flash fiction online and in hardcopy. He edits Muddy River Poetry Review and is author of The Lynching of Leo Frank (Big Table Publishing, 2017), Love Poems From Hell (Flutter Press, 2017), Fire Tongue (Cervena Barva, 2016), Across Stones of Bad Dreams (Cervena Barva, 2011) and King of the Jungle (Ibbetson Street, 2010). He is a four-time Pushcart nominee and won several awards.

Bill Wolak has just published his fifteenth book of poetry entitled The Nakedness Defense with Ekstasis Editions. His collages have appeared recently in Naked in New Hope 2018, The 2019 Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Poetic Illusion, The Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, NJ, the 2019 Dirty Show in Detroit, 2018 The Rochester Erotic Arts Festival, and The 2018 Montreal Erotic Art Festival.