Sinkhole Swallows Future

Credits: first published in The Literary Hatchet, Issue 18

No precipitating events
prepared any of us
for the vacant lot
vacuum found here
or rather,
discovered missing.

What we can't describe
we learn to ignore:
the bad luck,
the sudden absence,
too sweeping to avoid

Frozen feet risk the edge, I stare down
as belongings become trash.
Books tumble with crumpled bills, houses
collapse, spill contents into wide cracks.
Dishes, shoestrings, cracked frames.
How everything that slips 
loses value.
What's mine
or yours,
This is 


Author of Ghastly Tales of Gaiety and Greed: Unauthorized and Haunted Cedar Point (Omnium Gatherum, 2020), E.F Schraeder is an admirer of strange wonders, sleights of hand, and carousels. Often inspired by not quite real worlds, Schraeder's work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Pulp Modern, Mystery Weekly Magazine, Terror Politico, Birthing Monsters, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, and other journals and anthologies.