Phantom Head Syndrome
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.