Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over a thousand of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. 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 for Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition. To see more of his work, google Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois. He lives in Denver.
The Bronx // Denver, CO
Note: this flash fiction pairs with another, "Zero Degrees," in volume one of Frontera. You can read more fiction and other prose in said volume.
My son thinks of applying for a job at Costco. My friend the optician has worked there for almost thirty years. I told her I needed a new pair of glasses to play racquetball in, not trifocals. With trifocals, the ball flies in and out of three different time zones. I can’t follow it.
Haitian Marcel has lived in America and loves Home Depot, loves Costco. He’s spent hours in those places, even when there was nothing he needed to buy. Marcel’s father is the richest man in this little town. Marcel lives in a sort of castle. It’s big and very lonely there. He’s as lonely as a medieval Italian in his castle.
The optician is sympathetic. She knows of what I speak. She knows everything about glasses.
The Hawaiian goddess Pele was in chains in a Weight Watchers meeting. Her blubber was crying its own tears. Her fiery image was in batik on the walls. Everyone chanted: How great you were!
She’s worked in the Costco optical department for close to thirty years. She has no intention of ever retiring. Working here is very satisfying, she says.