Real Life Degenerates
Real life degenerates in JC Penney today.
I thought I recognized them from a Rob Zombie movie.
Trapped in a neanderthalic conversation
Yearning for a time
When I could sacrifice them to the Gods.
The presumable father-uncle inhaled
Audibly for five minutes
Revealing teeth fragments
Taunting me from inside the gums.
I recoiled in terror.
He innocently reminisced of a time
When he was mistaken for a carnie.
The room exploded
With deafening squeals of excitement.
The unquestionable son-nephew greets
His own unrecognizable reflection
With unadulterated hopes of kindled friendship.
From a distance
I empathized with them.
Bridget Langdon is a second year Master’s student at Illinois State University. She is in the creative writing program with an emphasis on creative non-fiction. Her stories provide entertainment through self-deprecation and/or humor. Bridget’s list of achievements is short, and her only other full length article can be found in the spring 2017 edition of Grassroots Writing Journal. Incidentally, her writing career was more successful when she was nine. She can be found on Twitter under the name @FormerAltruist.