I’m coming apart like a meteor

entering Earth’s atmosphere


My top hat flies off my head

and bursts into flame

but only for a moment

not even a moment


The moon is my heart

full and blank

The craters have been erased


All these rocks that used to be my shoulders

now they’re just rocks



M. Krochmalnik 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.