December 17, 2015

“A withered man said he would love to eat some of the funeral meat. The only problem was that he no longer had any teeth. The old man thought I did not believe him and so he opened his mouth, showing me the emptied gums. The tiny tendrils of flesh that were once his nerves twitched, then coiled back towards the top and bottom of his mouth. The old man looked at the serving platters longingly. He took a small piece of meat from one plate, then a second piece of meat from another. He put both pieces of meat into his mouth and sucked, drawing out the fluids stuck inside the fibers. The man spat out each piece of withered meat, then left them on the table for mother, father, and me to look upon.”

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