Poetry: Michael Meyerhofer’s “Phantom Head Syndrome”

////Poetry: Michael Meyerhofer’s “Phantom Head Syndrome”

Phantom Head Syndrome
Michael Meyerhofer

“Stilisierte Blumen vor dekorativem Hintergrund” by Egon Schiele.

Everyone’s talking about the latest kid
made to kneel in the desert so some guy

with a machete can cut his head off,
maybe the tenth such video looping across

the dark ether, and I remember volunteering
for a group that tracked kiddie porn sites

and reported them to the FBI. You can
imagine the result, like Holocaust footage

viewed so many times you hardly flinch
when bulldozers roll past the camera

whisking a pile of heads into a hole.
Talking to another volunteer, this ex-cop

on his umpteenth marriage, I said
the hardest thing for me was the lack

of closure, never knowing who if anyone
makes it out of that human sand trap.

Nah, he said, the worst thing is
sometimes, the damn kids are smiling.



About the writer:
Michael Meyerhofer’s fifth book, Ragged Eden, is forthcoming from Glass Lyre Press. He is also the author of a fantasy series and the Poetry Editor of Atticus Review. His work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry, Rattle, Brevity, Tupelo Quarterly, Ploughshares, and many other journals.

Image: “Stilisierte Blumen vor dekorativem Hintergrund” by Egon Schiele (1890–1918). Oil on canvas, 25.7 × 25.7 in. 1908. Public domain.

By | 2018-04-06T13:59:50+00:00 April 6th, 2018|LITERARY ARTS, Narrative, Poetry|