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Gas Line – Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois

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I serve pissed-off storm victims. I pump gas, ten thousand gallons. My nose and lips bleed from the fumes like they never did in middle school when my pals and I huffed it in my garage. My old lady warned me that I was killing off brain cells. That was the point.

Fuck pot. Petrol was our gateway drug. We prayed to the red, plastic 2.5-gallon container my old man left behind.

God dragged his carbon hand over the Earth, heated it up. The Superdude sent a super storm that brought me back to my juvey days in spades.

I bleed, stigmata of the nose and mouth. My hands? Covered by fingerless gloves.

God didn’t do this because he hates Atlantic City gamblers or fags or reality TV from the Jersey Shore. God hates all of us. He’s an equal opportunity hater. He’s as weary of us as we are of Him. We’re like an old married couple, whose breakfast is disgust and supper disdain.

My old man was a fuck, but at least he knew to get out, twenty, thirty or forty years before his marriage became nothing but a sour smell.

God used up the subtle touches long ago, like turning a headstrong bitch into a pillar of salt. That’s way too much trouble for him now. Now, it’s nothing but broad brush strokes. Kill ‘em all and let God sort ‘em out. My old man used to say that a lot.

I wipe my bloody face on a rag, and get back out to the pump. All these pissed off people, who waited in line for hours, pause a moment when the zombie sticks the nozzle in.

My old lady was right. I feel my brain cells leaking out my ears, the ones newly poisoned and the ones poisoned way back in middle school, waiting all these years to die.

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.


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