I find naked Jesus
in the King Cake a zombie brought
from Della Calce Street

so I have
renewed my luck
I drain a shot of absinthe

I touch a visitor
a quarterback named Luck
with a horseshoe on his helmet
I touch him on the hardest part
of his cannon arm

Luck’s footballs wobble in torch light
before they fall to earth

I touch an iron civil war cannon
by the railroad track

Pig iron
Pig skin
Baby Jesus
In the darkest part
of the della Calce Street night
all the pieces fall into place

Peace is with me
I drain another shot of absence


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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