Two Poems by Mitch Grabois


The Dredge at Anchor


The dredge

at anchor

heavy with sand

juts its chin

toward the horizon

as proud of its haul

as if sand were gold


The sun shines on green waves

green as Hydrogen

green as sex and avocado and celery stalks


green as an Oxygen molecule

scared of being part of a threesome

though it’s the most common thing

in the world


The wave froth is as white

as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


The sand

laid down by the dredge  

spreads inert

 hard and resistant


My wife enters this scene

sinuous with Germanic libido

carrying eighteen steins of beer in each hand


She strides left to right

like a duck in a shooting gallery

in a state fair midway


I’ve got a corn dog in my left hand

a cone of cotton candy in my right

I play with the idea of being a pedophile

just because I’m bored and have nothing else to do


The sun shines on the water

There is no cloud anywhere to block it


The dredge is a bodybuilder pumped with steroids

The sand is not gold


I injure my fist

punching a wall of wet sand





Treasure Coast  


The beach attendant

wears a long-sleeve

 electric blue shirt

takes a pull off his can of Red Bull

sets it on a fence rail

grunts and grimaces as he

clean-and-jerks four grungy lounge chairs

carries them over his head

down the beach


The sun sparkles silver

on an Atlantic dull as wash water


The dredge boat

a hundred yards out

exhales wispy black smoke

twenty truckloads of sand in its belly


The beach is ten feet higher today

than it was yesterday

sand from eighty feet below the surface of the sea


My kids complain

They’ve dug deep holes

but have found no treasure







Bio: Mitch Grabois was born in the Bronx and now lives in Denver. His short fiction and poetry appears in close to two hundred literary magazines, most recently The T.J. Eckleberg Review, Memoir Journal, Out of Our and The Blue Hour. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, most recently for his story “Purple Heart” published in The Examined Life in 2012. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, published by Xavier Vargas E-ditions, is available for all e-readers for 99 cents through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords (which also provides downloads to PC’s).