top of page



One night, when 

you return to your childhood 

home after 

a lifetime away, 

you'll find it 

abandoned. Its 

paint will be 

completely weathered.

It will have 

a significant westward lean. 

There will be 

a hole in its roof 

that bats fly 

out of. 

The old man 

hunched over 

at the front door 

will be prepared 

to give you a tour, 

but first he'll ask 

Scary, or no scary?

You should say 

No scary.

~Zachary Schomburg

bottom of page