The Grave Maurice

by Christopher Goodwin

Preparing my grave took time. Six months it took to gather all the soil and newspapers and cigarette butts and cat hair and debt. Those things that are my death, those things that cradle, devour and inter me. My pallbearers are useless but beloved — Milo, Theo and the others — faceless strangers and faceless friends. All I can do is pray for a last end. All beginnings I've squandered.

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Christopher Goodwin, author of Milo's Choice, is an artist living in Las Cruces, New Mexico. (Message from Rob: His cool blog is here, his fabulous art site is here, and don't forget to visit Ye Olde Christopher Goodwin Art Shoppe.)