Chicken Bones

My older brother called him RedSkull
said he’d watch us from the top of the chicken coop
The coop had a feeder shoot
At the top of the feeder shoot was an opening with a hook
My brother said the hook turned red at night and watched us
We’d wait for the sun to go down
sneak from our house
and look for RedSkull
Slowly we’d make our way through the long grass
toward the coop
mostly we didn’t get close
one night thought, one night we went inside
and stepped on dried chicken bones
they snapped under our feet
anything was better than being in our house

-M. Taggart

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