Keith Burkholder has been published in Creative Juices, Sol Magazine, Trellis Magazine, Foliate Oak Literary Journal, New Delta Review, Poetry Quarterly, Scarlet Leaf Review, and Birmingham Arts Journal. He has a bachelor's degree in statistics with a minor in mathematics from SUNY at Buffalo (UB).
The Full Moon that brings the dead to life
Whenever there is a full moon in this cemetery in western North Carolina, it brings the dead back to life. This cemetery is in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
The dead come from their burial and rise to modern planet Earth. This cemetery is noted for such happenings to occur.
Living people that come to this cemetery have seen the dead come to life this way. Only on a clear night when the full moon can be seen this can happen.
The dead do come to life and are able to walk around the cemetery and explore the area around them. This happens during a full moon because the dead need the energy from the moon to be able to be awaken from where they are buried.
The dead are unique in their own way. Only this cemetery around the world has this happen to the dead.
The dead that do come to life. This happens to everyone buried in this cemetery. They can explore the world around them. This again only happens at night.
Full moons have made people believe that men turn into werewolves or any other cause because such phenomena. However, the dead in this case come to life.
The dead come to life and are not a threat to humans that are living. They mind their business but enjoy encountering life in modern day society.
The dead feel free when they come to life again. They can roam around the cemetery and go into the nearby town and explore it.
They come back to life fully clothes and their skin comes to its normal self. They look like regular humans except they were formerly dead.
The formerly dead love to see the town as much as they can. However, they can only do this when the full moon is out.
The full moon gives the dead powers of reincarnation and strength. This is the only time they can come to life from the cemetery they came from.
The dead have never been spotted by anyone in town literally. The dead come to life dressed and thinking like contemporary humans.
Even the dead from say one hundred years ago, act like humans of today while alive. This reincarnation works for everyone.
This is how this reincarnation will continue for the dead. This is how it will be in this cemetery for now on. The dead are what you make of them and their lives will continue with this full moon phase in place.
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