inventory: the ghosts in the bedroom
the act of exorcism is self-reflective. your ghosts swelter in the empty air, a caustic whispered graze, a wicked sting, the droning of the haunted in the background, insistent; cicadas swarm & you are dripping with illusions, the phantoms caught in the backboard, its wood a rotted skeleton; when the lights are off, they grow restless; you wake in the morning with their voices in your lungs.
Joyce Chong lives in Ontario, Canada where she writes fiction, poetry, and other types of lies while surrounded by farm land and wine country. Her work has appeared in Cool Skull Press’ Goddessmode anthology, (parenthetical), and untethered magazine, with work forthcoming in Noble Gas Qtrly. You can find her online at joycechong.ca, or you can follow her on twitter at @_joycechong.