This poem is taken from Stand 230, 19(2) June - August 2021.

Essam Al-Jassim Flash Fiction from Iraq Essam M. Al-Jassim (trans.)


Cancer had ravaged every last inch of her body. She surrendered her soul to her Creator with one eye closed, the other still watching. While her husband covered her emaciated corpse, her infant, Zahra, nuzzled her withered breast searching for the last drop.
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