Finish the Job, by J.A. Grier

The boy is tired, and his hands
feel too stiff to move. But he
knows what he has to do. It’s
been days, and no one has
come to wrap him. The strips
are there by the bed. With effort,
the boy picks one up, and begins,
starting at his feet. A thin, white
ribbon winding over and over.
The hips take time, shifting weight
back and forth, until he can
sit, so weak, so wearied, and
wrap around his chest. He then
wraps up each arm, four fingers
in a group, and the thumbs
separate. Finally, finally he
wraps around his head and
face, over and over until all
the light, the air, the sound is
beyond him. He lays back,
exhausted, and waits patiently –
relieved he can no longer smell the
incense the priests keep burning.


J.A. Grier is a scientist, educator, poet, and fiction writer who loves hiking, wine tasting, arts and crafts, and cats.  Dr. Grier’s poems and stories have been published in venues such as:  Mad Scientist Journal, Liquid Imagination, Eye to the Telescope, Mirror Dance, and an anthology of the Maryland Writer’s Association entitled Life in Me Like Grass on Fire.  She shares posts and tweets of astronomical facts and strange fictions at jagrier.com and @grierja on Twitter.

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Posted on December 21, 2016, in Issue 19: Speculative Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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