Fleas in the Market – Mark J. Mitchell
Fleas in the Market
Three cloth ships arrived today
with prize crews and cargoes
of silk from China and Indian cotton.
Gianni and Guido and I met them
at the wharves. It’s a hot day.
It’s no wonder we started sweating.
We tossed bales off listing caravels.
They were carted to the square.
People hunger for silk, for cotton.
Gianni’s scratching at his pits.
Guido’s coughing and looking pale.
I feel fine, but frightened.
Plague doesn’t sleep for long.
Mitchell Krockmalnik Gabois has had over twelve-hundred of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S and abroad. He recently has had work accepted by SANKOFA, a Nigerian magazine. He has been nominated for numerous prizes. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital is available on Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition. To see more of his work, google Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois. He lives in Denver.