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Baked Alaska by Mitchell Grabois

I selected Baked Alaska for dessert
My waiter was small and jolly
but I wonder if
in his cabin
between shifts
he pierces a voodoo doll
made to look like an American passenger

We were on the Holland America line
The waiter was Indonesian
Once colonized by the Dutch
those islanders have found a new way
to be of use

The waiter tells us that once
he makes enough money
he will rejoin his family
but the years pass
his son grows up
and moves away
his wife dies
one cohort of passengers
is replaced by another
the boat passes through the canal again
he is hardly cognizant of where in the world he is
he is jolly as he serves us
Baked Alaska

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  1. Mitchell Krochmalnik Grabois was born in the Bronx and now splits his time between Denver and a one-hundred-and-twenty-year-old, one room schoolhouse in Riverton Township, Michigan. His short fiction and poetry appears in close to two hundred literary magazines, most recently The T.J. Eckleberg Review, Memoir Journal, Out of Our and The Blue Hour. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, most recently for his story “Purple Heart” published in The Examined Life in 2012. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, published by Xavier Vargas E-ditions, is available for all e-readers for 99 cents through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords. A print edition is also available through Amazon.

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