Aphelion Issue 273, Volume 26
June 2022
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Shuffling Through the Brain Chain: In No Hurry for Apocalypse

by Gary W. Davis

Amazon zombies
go on strict jungle diet
shrunken heads

zombies chew through farm
I hear family wailing
"holey cow"

zombies always win
playing their favorite sport

my late brother
had the smartest brains ever
at zombie delis

zombie geniuses
always take their time in class
think holistically

berserk doctor
grabs miles of catgut
stitches zombie flesh

aimless wandering
through trackless wildfire hellscape
million burnt zombies

pluck brain bits through nose
once foisted on mummies
now zombie hors d'oeuvres

plunged in ICU
sink in black fog, live or die?
I smell sweet raw brains

ravaged graveyard
zombies leave undertaker
with big appetite

© 2022 Gary W. Davis

Author Comments:
Given the dramatic events of the past two years, we seem to be moving ever closer to the long-predicted "Zombie Apocalypse." For some victims of long-haul COVID fatigue syndrome, living in dry, burned-out Western forests, and surrounded by gun-toting neighbors (think 1968's Night of the Living Dead movie), we may almost be there.

Gary Davis likes all things classic horror. He has published Halloween short stories in Aphelion, Frostfire Worlds, Spaceports & Spidersilk and Potter's Field 7 (2016-2021). He has published poetry in Aphelion, The Vampire's Crypt, Tales of the Talisman, Bloodbond, Illumen, Scifaikuest, Star*Line, Tales from the Moonlit Path, and two Lester Smith Halloween anthologies (2000-2022).

Find more by Gary W. Davis in the Author Index.