Michael Meyerhofer


After Watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Poem by Michael Meyerhofer

In real life, there was no chainsaw.
Nor was there a blood-sucking grandfather
carried down the stairs in his wheelchair
by a family of bumpkin cannibals.
No meditation on cows and sledgehammers
either, much less a van of college kids

pondering astrology just before, one by one,
they’re pulled behind the sliding tin door
of a killing room under the stairs, resplendent
with an overgrown chicken in a bird cage.
There were bones, yes, and grave-robbing,
even a homemade suit of women’s skin

but the true killer, Ed Gein, acted alone.
His weapon of choice was a small revolver.
Despite the opening sequence, he was not
driven to perform by solar prominence.
His mother, a dominating fundamentalist,
scolded her sons against making friends,

sermonizing the dangers of loose women.
He probably killed his only brother, Henry.
An old photo shows Gein in a checkered
hunting cap, unshaven, his thin drooping
eyes clouded by a thoughtful loneliness.
After the asylum, buried back in Plainfield

where they teased him for being a sissy.
One woman, Bernice Worden, was found
hanging from the rafters, gutted like a deer.
Newspapers showed him descending
the steps of the courthouse in shirt and tie,
handcuffed, grinning like a Rockefeller.


Comments about After Watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre by Michael Meyerhofer

  • (3/18/2008 2:33:00 PM)

    Interesting...I've seen the movies, yet I never knew the true story. I'm definitely going to read up on that now. By the way, the real Emily Rose story is quite interesting. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/9/2006 9:36:00 AM)

    I love this poem! I like horror movies!
    Greatly written!

    ~~Elya Thorn~~
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  • (10/24/2005 7:40:00 PM)

    Cor blimey, I wondered why I never watch horror! lol Very vivid. I won't sleep tonight now! lol I hope you are happy? Tai (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, October 24, 2005



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