James Mirarchi

The Animator

A cartoonist couple lives

in a black-and-white tenement

among the monochromatic cockroaches

and the venom of their satire.

A disabled little girl lives

across the hall

laughing with joy.

Her mother

buys her ice cream and toys

and ministers to her

with an I.V. of love.

They pass by

the couple’s apartment

emitting under their door

an aerosol of pure light.


the depressed cockroaches

turn poignantly pink

and go scuttle to help the homeless.

When the cartoonist couple

gets a whiff of this aerosol

they too are transmogrified:

they swap their cynical comic panels

for a pastel optimism.


this aesthetic is also abandoned

for the couple starts to feel

like the ultimate hacks

devoid of integrity.

They soon move away

into another tenement

(a super nasty one!)

to rekindle their edge

… and end up living “happily” ever after ….

James Mirachi © 2012