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Worthington Aberdeen’s Blog » 2009 » October

Archive for October, 2009

MONSTERS

It smelled like Halloween the year I turned seven …

I was dressed like a gypsy
I clattered and jingled
Through the streets
Yelling “Trick or Treat!”
A group of boys approached me
They were older
One of them grabbed my shoulder
A third smashed an egg
Down hard on my head
And twisted it deep into my scalp
I’ll never forget
Their faces
How they elongated
Through the falling yolk
And the slow, clear sack
Of nostrils and teeth
Laughter
Distending
Over my bangles and beads
Streaked with the red
Of my own blood.

I had always wondered what those boys had become.