Menorah by Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois

My grandma grabbed my grandpa
and kept him from flinging himself off the boat
That was their introduction
Grandpa had been hopeful when he boarded the freighter
but by the end of the journey he had decided
that no matter how terrible things had been
they were going to get worse
All the positive things about America had been lies
he decided
before he set a foot on America

All he had was some salted meat
a change of clothes
and his childhood menorah
crusted over with old candle wax
looking evil

My grandmother cleaned it
spit on it and polished it up
My grandfather’s hope was rekindled
He broke down and cried

Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois

Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over a thousand of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, The Best of the Net, and Queen’s Ferry Press’s Best Small Fictions for work published in 2011 through 2015. 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. To see more of his work, google Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois. He lives in Denver.



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