An Unfamiliar Voice

An unfamiliar voice stabs at my heart

Begging me to drop everything and run

Faster than a bullet to my son’s school


Or quicker than automatic guns can

Deaden the life of a beautiful girl

Or before the innocent smiles fade

As they face down into hot pools of blood


I drop the phone, my fingers numb, and stoop

To make sure I’ve heard correctly the news

That sears into my brain, stripping my soul



About brucejberger

Bruce J. Berger has published his short fiction in a variety of print and on-line literary journals, including Prole, Jersey Devil Press Anthology, The Awakenings Review, Raphael's Village, Eastown Fiction, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and others. He also publishes shorts stories for Amazon's Kindle. He is pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at American University beginning in August 2015.
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