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Malnutrition’s Martyr

She had preferred it when her table was simply empty. An empty table could some day be filled.

What could you do with a table once it had become a grave?

Stilling her only child’s dying spasms, she emptied herself of tears, filling the empty places with resentment, determination, revolution.


This story is based on a title suggested by Ryan Culley-Waters.

The Lettuce Collector

She explained to me that produce was essential to progress. “Science?” she would say. “Show me science on an empty stomach!”

Farming was her calling. Everything else, she said, didn’t really matter.

A twist of fate brought me, undeserving, through the famine, left alone to carry her message of life.