P. A. Levy

Johnny Shoehead Accepts All Major Credit Cards

Johnny Shoehead’s ‘mood indicator’
patent invention and fashion accessory.
For practicality and urban awareness

he wears a loafer when he’s working
a flip-flop when he’s chilling,
a slipper when he’s tired,
a trainer when he’s wired
a sandal when he’s spiritual
a DM boot is angry
a brogue is for the occasional
court appearance
a dancing shoe …
no prizes for getting that one right
and sometimes he wears a stiletto heel,
he says this is kinda an antenna feel
so he can make contact
but with who he's never said.

Tried and tested.
Available in full range of colours
and sizes.
Includes chin strap
made to a high specification
and uber chic design.
Patent applied for.

Move and Paste into a New Place

Glancing through old holiday snaps
I came across a landscape
of green prospects with undulating
hills and shaded wooded glades,
the views that make water colourists
dribble and poets break their nibs.

I thought how wonderful to live there,
so I took a photograph of my house
and using Photoshop moved,
lock, stock and a very contented sleeping cat
to nestle amongst wild flower meadows.

Life was sweet until a cloud
of loneliness edged in,
but I found a picture of a beautiful girl,
and then a picture of two very cute kids.
Trashed the cloud and locked the sun.

To make this domestic bliss complete
I sourced a couple of jpeg Labradors
and decorated the house throughout
with lots of shiny things.
Compressed the layers.

Now we all live very happily together
with my girl’s silky shiny hair
and the kids’ toothpaste smiles
and bouncy wet nosed dogs
and a very contented cat
who had endured all this change and upheaval
fast asleep on my lap.

Born East London but now residing amongst the hedge mumblers of rural Suffolk, P.A.Levy has been published in many magazines, both on line and in print, from ‘A cappella Zoo’ to ‘Zygote In My Coffee’ and many stations in-between. He is also a founding member of the Clueless Collective and can be found loitering on page corners and wearing hoodies at

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