the real macabre

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


beneath the veneer of a stable self

beneath the thin veil required to

pass through our own everyday reality

s/he bears just beneath her/his skin

the gnashing of the teeth &

s/he does it so well that

one would never ever pick up on it---

and as americans,

we are fixated on our own morbid fascination with


we go to theaters, we rent dvds,

we make pilgrimages to the actual sites where

murders have taken place

(now turned into tourist traps) &

we breathe it all in deeply,

all in the attempt to get closer to the experience

without jumping right off the edge ourselves---

we smell, taste & writhe in the slashing, gushing


knowing the names of all the famous serial killers by

memory &

waiting for another to pop up in the 6 o’clock news

with butterflies in the stomach of mediocrity

biting our nails as if we were just about to ask

someone out on a


but s/he continues in her/his own routine,

having fed on the same culture that we have

having consumed everything thrown at them &

having grown weary of stimulants

that just don’t work anymore,

s/he is the next door neighbor of us all

s/he resides in the apartment down the hall

s/he may work in the schools with the children of the


s/he may wear the uniforms of those that are

supposed to save us &

s/he may stand behind a pulpit or podium,

carnivorous & full of a need for



and yet the next time it does happen

we sit in awe remarking

“what a travesty,”

listening to “experts” give their detailed histories

pontificating quotidian comments like

“if s/he hadn’t been a killer, s/he would have been

able to do so much with

her/his life,”

as if not one of us knew where the real macabre lies.

Submitted: April 16, 2012

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