by Christopher Hivner
Jump off the tracks,
here comes the Berserker Train.
Listen to that whistle blow
with the screams
of the dying,
thrill at the sight
of the box cars
decorated with the bodies of the dead,
mouths propped open
in a never-ending
moan of pain.
The whistle blows again
as the train roars down the track
at a speed that smokes the wheels,
the conductor sitting in the engine
dark hood over his face,
his deep, rumbling laugh
rolling into the hillside,
thin white fingers at the controls
while small children
shovel the bones of their parents
into the stove.
At the other end
the caboose teeters
on the edge of derailment
filled with 100 clowns,
tongues torn from infants
braided into their hair,
machetes between their teeth,
they foam at the mouth
waiting for the train to stop
for another meat hunt.
The Berserker Train
is coming to your town
on rails covered in blood.
Listen for the screams
and then run.
They love the chase.
Hivner writes from a small town in Pennsylvania surrounded by books and the
echoes of music. He has recently been published in Grievous Angel,
Blood Moon Rising and Weird Reader. A collection of
short stories, The Spaces Between Your Screams, was published by
eTreasures Publishing. website: www.chrishivner.com, Facebook:
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Daniel Valentin is a young artist born in the Bronx, but raised in Jersey City. He
has been in a number of musical theater productions throughout his academic career, from the 5th grade all the way up to college.
Daniel has been in a few choirs and has even competed in the World Choir Olympics. He currently sings with Saint Peter's University
Schola, the Saint Peter's University Choir. Having been a founding member of the choir, he has since been in 2 albums that
are available on both Spotify and iTunes. At Saint Peter's University he received a Bachelors Degree in Biology. Daniel has
been interested in the arts since very young, and particularly became interested in drawing, painting, and sculpting since
having taken classes at Saint Peter's Preparatory School. He considers photography as a hobby, but hopes to one day get more
involved with the art.