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Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois

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Capture

 

They captured Loretta Goates
soon after she escaped from the mental hospital
She’d gone into Hightower’s Pharmacy
and thrown all the lipsticks
onto the floor
pushed down the empty display

The counter girl
Hightower’s niece from Jax
called 911
but Loretta saw her
and stalked toward the counter

 

Jax screamed
and the barber from the shop next door
came running in with his scissors still
in hand

 

Loretta wrestled the scissors away
and stabbed herself in her left shoulder
took some of the blood
and wiped it on her lips

The cops showed up
moments later

 

Jimmy Smith, the younger one
said:
Fuck, we’ve got a fucking vampire
right here in Chatahoochee

 

Ed Took, the elder
drew his gun

 

He’d heard of Loretta Goates
how dangerous she was
If she approached he’d shoot her
without hesitation

 

but Loretta went over to the candy aisle
tore open a Peter Paul Mounds bar
and sat down on the floor to eat it


 

 

Mangroves

 

There’s a hot spot on the bottom of the ocean
that builds the island chain

 

Together with mangroves
they create the islands

 

Lava is hot
mangroves are cool

 

Red mangrove’s the walking tree
the voodoo mangrove
with the spirit of a man

 

Black mangrove
the old timer
cold-tolerant
gravelly voiced singer
dreaming of slide guitars

 

White is upland
gwine go home
get away from that hot spot
get away from the confederacy of creation

 

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MITCHELL KROCKMALNIK GRABOIS has had over seven hundred of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for work published in 2012, 2013, and 2014. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition. He lives in Denver.

 

 

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