“Beheaded”

An American is beheaded. We have so many ways to kill one another but even the word beheaded beckons to another time. I cannot recall the last time I read it in a modern context. Why not use decapitate, or would that sound too much like something Freddie or Chucky would do? In Syria or Iraq another person is beheaded, head bagged, and another, on bent knees. Beheaded. A black-masked killer. This Old English word backs into the evening news beat. I would like to advocate breathing new life into betrothed, or beloved.

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About Caroline Bock

Caroline Bock is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult novels: LIE (St. Martin's Press, 2011) and BEFORE MY EYES (St. Martin's Press, 2014). She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. More at www.carolinebock.com.