Come and Go by Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois


When, after his reading, Greg found out that his wife

hadn’t been able to get a photo of him



he gave her such an ugly look

because now he couldn’t share a photo on Facebook

and document how he was an internationally known writer



That was only one of the reasons

why I decided that I no longer wanted to be

friends with him

friends in real life

on Facebook too

I unfriended him

and gave him the cold shoulder


My church preached forgiveness

and I did forgive him

for hurting my feelings

over and over

but I still didn’t want to be his friend anymore


Once you find out that someone is an unrepentant asshole

why be his friend?

We run from assholes

We don’t embrace them


even if once upon a time

you loved them almost as family

and forgave them their foibles on a daily basis

and shrugged off their trespasses

as they occurred


But Greg is aging

as we all are

but some of us are aging better than others

I think that I am becoming a better man

less wrapped up in egoistic concerns

But Greg has given himself over

to Ego

It may be that he is beginning to suffer

from dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease

He is now in his mid-seventies, perhaps his late seventies—

these things happen


If my mother got Alzheimer’s I would have to stick with her

help her

but Greg is not family

I have no substantial obligation to him

Being an erstwhile friend

does not obligate me

Friends come and go—

everyone knows that


©2017 Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois


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Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over twelve-hundred 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. He lives in Denver.


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