Punatic’s Musings  

Looking for an ordinary story?  Something to make you yawn, relax, & take a little nappy-poo?  Don’t look here. Check out the unique seriously whimsical multi-layered short stories that are guaranteed to surprise you in the end ---  Zipperful of Hair


Fiction via Michael Lee SMith
In the spirit of Kurt Vonnegut & Tom Robbins, experience a literary quirki-fest via Michael Lee Smith, happy Punatic, musician & writer living in the Puna District,  Big Island, Hawaii.

His ebooks, PUNATIC, CLEARER DAZE, & ZIPPERFUL OF HAIR can be found at Amazon.com, iBooks, Barnes & Noble & other fine online book sellers.  Many of his short stories have been published in literary magazines; the latest -- inclusion of the short story Modern Science Has Yet To Find A Cure, in Tribute To Kurt Vonnegut, published by Perpetual Motion Publishing, www.perpetualpublishing.com

Other writing credentials? His ancestors scratched crude yet literary communication on cave walls with sharpened sticks.

Below are samples chapters &

stories.  Enjoy.  Always looking for a

new audience.    Mahalo. 




Set on the Big Island, Hawaii, PUNATIC is a quirky story reflecting today’s romantic realism -- more open & diverse sexualities, role exploration & contortions -- emphasizing the redemptive power of love while illuminating some of the mysteries & traditions of the real Hawaii. His name is Billy. Her name is Lani.  Her dog: Don Ho.  The Menehune, or dwarf who will change their lives forever -- King Nawao. Hang with them this night & have fun.


Set in Hawaii, fallen rock star Mickey Constant‘s past bout with fame, fortune, & lust has produced more than his depression and frequent trips to asylums—this trip he is confronted by three defiant, grandiose, confusing patients with whom he will form a reluctant bond. Their “insanity” will become logical & in the end they will offer him (& him them) another shot at a life with meaning.

(plus, you’ll learn why his one & only ex-wife’s poodle, Zippy is currently sporting a flat-top). 

Serious fun.

Sample chapters:

My goal? To raise the exhilaration content of the universe -- just a bit. 

Ready?  He is.



In man's evolution he's created the city and the motor traffic rumble

But give me half a chance and I'd be taking off me clothes and living in the jungle 

'Cause the only time that I feel at ease 

Is swinging up and down in a coconut tree 

Oh what a life of luxury

To be like an ape man 

Apeman - – The Kinks

How can it be so hard to drown a governor?

So this dyke who swims like a friggin' mermaid, saves his ass -- his head cradled in the crook of her arm she paddles back  through the crashing waves & pulls his wrinkled pale-white ass out of the water where a couple of the hippies drag him up under one of the palm trees & give him mouth-to-mouth & weirdest CPR she had ever seen -- one of them danced around Alex wildly shaking some sort of gourd/rattle & chanting some sort of mumbo-jumbo. Alex is periodically spewing water & making aquaous sounds like bad plumbing. Then this little white dog with an eye patch licked him on the face until he regained consciousness. They saved him. Damn! What are the odds? I thought they’d all be too stoned to even notice him. They looked too stoned. The shit they were smoking smelled potent! Christ Almighty.”

Anne picked this beach partly because it was a nude beach – in Hawaii that translated to: remote, down-some-spine-tingling-trail, no lifeguard, few beach-goers, & when she discovered there was no cell-phone service, that cinched it – perfect place to “lose” Alex. Somehow keep him lost until after the next election.

Besides that, the local beach-goers were a bunch of pot-heads, stoned out of their fucking gourds. Combine that with where they were: huge spine-crushing waves on a skinny hundred-fifty-yard-wide beach with a sharp serrated rock shoreline on each side. The beach was sort of a dinkie-assed landing strip – if you drift too far to the left or right, miss the beach on your return sea-voyage/swim then you’re shredded meat, beat merciless against the jagged lava rock until it's a toss-up if what’s left of you is marine or land-dweller in origin – rescuers all scratching their heads: “Could be human.”

“Dyke mermaids, stoned rescuers . . . “ She hadn’t realized she’d said it aloud until she heard:

“Kind of a tight knit community down here, in spite of what it looks like. Diverse but diverse in a tight knit way. ”

Anne glanced to her left, the direction of the comment. First thing she thought was that he could be some sort of card shark, grinning that brand of card-shark grin. The song: Can't You Hear Me Knockin? began playing in her head. She looked away from him for a second & the song faded, when she glanced back the song resumed. She wondered if she shook her head would it rattle?

In contrast, the guy looked like somehow through no effort on his own he'd outlived the dangerous . . . crowd he was part of.  More contradictions: he looked extremely laid-back, almost to the point of drool, a middle-aged hippie maybe, kind of a Beach Kahuna. He sat in a beach chair with a laptop in his lap. Bemused expression, loop-t-loop grin, looking down toward Alex.

Things had settled down; Alex had obviously recovered & was down hanging out with his rescuers. Maybe they’ll get him smoking pot, he’ll overdose and . . . She wanted to ask this guy: You don't recognize your own governor?


To Roy Rodgers Alex looked like some sort of professor, professor of . . . something.  Something Timothy Leary might be professor of – Mystical Magical Mysteries! or something. Handsome guy, white hair, like Leary, older than Roy Rodgers, but not that much, maybe five, six years. Actually, he looked almost exactly like the governor. No way. Even in Hawaii the governor couldn't come to a clothing-optional beach & sit around nude in a circle of pot-smoking hippies without serious, excuse me – drastic political consequences.

Want more?  APE MAN