Millionaire Seeks Happiness

I took my entire net worth to the city park–one million dollars in unmarked bills, a miscellany of ones, fives, twenties, fifties, and hundreds. It filled three rather large suitcases, which made it very difficult to carry. The squirrels were impressed, so much so in fact that I also read them a sonnet and a prose poem that I had written. I attracted a very large audience. Chipmunks and birds gathered. They were totally amazed, I think, that such a wealthy man could also be sensitive. I only wish I remembered to bring them popcorn. Next time maybe.

Paul Dickey’s first full-length poetry manuscript, They Say This is How Death Came Into the World, was published by Mayapple Press in January 2011. His poetry has appeared in Verse Daily, Rattle, Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, Mid-American Review, Free Lunch, Crab Orchard Review and online at


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