The Devil in Headlines

A sinkhole in Florida
swallowed a man.
His bedroom was sucked
down the pit fifty feet.
They pulled his brother
away from the scene
unable to save his mortal remains.

"It wanted his soul,"
my mother said, spooked.
"A portal to Hell. They're out there
you know."

I think of the dozens of doors
that I've dreaded
and nod at her statement.
My hells are bulimic.

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