and the Earth is a child
who’s forgotten all the poems
he’s been forced to learn
and made to recite before
a contemptuous rabble
of “peers”

Frost, Wadsworth
Hog Butcher to the World
roads taken and not taken
the Jabberwock
maddening nonsense
that aggravates his ADHD dyslexia allergies
makes his Ritalin skin crawl
revitalizes the sting of his father’s leather strap

This is the child
This is Spring


M. Krockmalnik Grabois 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.