Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois

I think
of William Carlos Williams
his oval, clean-shaven head
the way it appeared on the cover of one of his books
He was from Paterson, New Jersey
where I grew up

There was a low bridge
that I jumped from
and a bog
I fell into
trying to cross on a log

I was with a few friends my own age
seven or so
but when I looked around for help
I found that they had abandoned me
Those were the kind of friends
I had in New Jersey

I managed to free myself
from the bog and
covered with mud
trudged home to where I knew my mother
would have a hysterical fit

Those friends, much later
when we were already adults
apologized for abandoning me
They still felt guilty
but I absolved them, saying
We’re not responsible for anything we do before age 18
Even the law recognizes that
They were relieved

I went back to thinking of William Carlos Williams
and wracked my brain for a while
trying to remember
so much depends on a red wheelbarrow

Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over fifteen-hundred of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for numerous prizes, and was awarded the 2017 Booranga Writers’ Centre (Australia) Prize for Fiction. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and as a print edition. His poetry collection, THE ARREST OF MR. KISSY FACE, will be published by Pski’s Porch Publications in early 2019. He lives in Denver, Colorado, USA.

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