Boy Found Dead

by Teo Mungaray


Boy Found Dead

for the dead boys


2-year old boy found dead in Wayne, Mich. home, parents’ location unknown

standing at the edge of stairs gives me vertigo now


Missing Spanish boy found dead in car

but when I crawl to the dropoff, I want to jump


Teenage boy among 4 found dead in apparent murder-suicide

I want to see the blood-angel my limp frame would make


Boy found dead in trash was killed by ‘unspecified’ means

who would find me? what animal would find me first?


Agency finds records altered after boy found dead

what would be said of me? how long


No foul play suspected after missing boy found dead

would the stain last on the cement?


Boy, 2, found dead in Choctaw County pond

then I dream of drowning. I dream


Charges pending for father after boy, 2, found dead in Little Village

of slipping into the darkness of an alleyway


Baby boy found dead in playground trash can in Queens

always being hunted, then disposed of.


Boy, 2, found dead in pool

most of all I dream of Sarah


17-year old boy found dead was shot

wonder if I was the only one she hunted


Boy found dead in San Antonio motel

I don’t know anything about her anymore but I know


Boy, 2, found dead in Chicago home with throat cut

when the deer escapes, the hunter moves on


Man arrested after woman and 15-year old boy found slain

or sometimes, the hunter follows for days


Missing boy of homeless Marysville woman found dead in Mexico

this is called pursuit predation. the fear takes over.


Missing Juárez boy found dead in field

the prey gives out,​​ paralyzed by the never-safeness.


Playing truant, boy found dead near school

 then the hunter dances around her fire.

About the Author

Teo Mungaray is a queer, chronically ill, latino poet. He holds an MFA from Pacific University of Oregon and will pursue his doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a co-founder and co-EIC of Cotton Xenomorph. His poems can be found in Cosmonauts Avenue, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Prelude Magazine and The Bellevue Literary Review. He currently lives in Lincoln, NE and can be found on twitter @teomungaray.

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#thesideshow| Micro-poetry| October 2019