I’m warning you


You’re in deep trouble
You haven’t obeyed
You haven’t even listened


God is angry
He went to the trouble to create the whole world
and you can’t do any better
than this?


My prophecy is:
Expect punishment


Did you see what He did to the Egyptians?
Nine plagues of pain
and then
for the grand finale
He killed their firstborn sons


But God is also a modern god
He’s cooked up some new, high-tech punishments
that you really don’t want Him
to try out
on you


So get your act together, man
while you still can




My father was a prophet
Mitchell, I’m warning you, he said
Why can’t you listen?
Why can’t you obey?


Look what you’re doing to your mother
I’ve gone through all the trouble
to give you a comfortable life
and you can’t do any better
than this?


For punishment
to teach me to act better
he removed the belt
from his dark suit


or used the psychological techniques
in which the FBI had trained him
when they awarded him a
high-level security clearance
for his work designing bombers
for the Pentagon


In the last days of his dying
my father, the prophet
kept trying to pull the tubes from his arms
so the nurses put cloth restraints around his wrists
and tied them to the bed rails


When I visited him,
in his still harsh voice
he ordered me to remove them


I can’t do that, Dad, I told him
It’s for your own good


Mitchell, I’m warning you, he threatened
as in the days of old


Those were his last words to me





About the Author

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. To see more of his work, google Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois. He lives in Denver.