I’m going up to Queens
gonna stay at your wife’s place
hope that’s alright
while she goes out and works
as a movie xtra
I know she’s good at it

TV work too
Her biggest part was discovering a body
in Law and Order
It traumatized her
She’s sensitive
She imagined that the body was real

Actually it was real
She was just having a delusion that
she had a bit part on
Law and Order

She almost stumbled on the body
Then she vomited on it
which really pissed off the cops
fucked with their crime scene
and it stunk
She’d been eating discount tuna
with discount mayonnaise
near-moldy bread
second-chance lettuce

I’ve never seen that on TV
barfing on the corpse
but it’s a good idea
if they didn’t actually show the vomit
because that would be epic gross
would cause the sponsors
to yank their ads

I’m going up to Queens
just a couple days

I would stay at my ex-wife’s house
but it burned down
in that hurricane
Ain’t that a bitch?
All that rain and her house burns down
Just her luck

At first I thought she was shitting me
I sent her a bunch of money the next day
about all I had
That’s why I’ve got to stay with your old lady

I’ll sleep all day while she’s out
thinking she’s in the movies

No worries
I think I’m in the movies too
I’m a stunt man
especially when I’m drunk
Then I really do stunts

I’ll stay with your old lady
just sleep on the couch
won’t touch her
Don’t worry
even though she looks like a movie star
sort of


M. Krockmalnik Grabois

About M. Krockmalnik Grabois

M. Krockmalnik Grabois’ poems have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He is a regular contributor to The Prague Revue, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, most recently for his story “Purple Heart” published in The Examined Life in 2012, and for his poem. “Birds,” published in The Blue Hour, 2013. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for 99 cents from Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition.
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