Featured April 22, 2018 Fantasy

Now Watch as Belinda Unmakes the World

By Lynette Mejía
Apr 4, 2018 · 849 words · 4 minutes


From the editor:

A haunting, lovely story for your Friday reading, the title may seem to say it all, but the spaces between the words say so much more. Lynette Mejía writes from the wilds of southern Louisiana, and her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Rhysling Award, and the Million Writers Award. Give it a read.

She begins with the grass that runs along the border near the bottom. She's careful, as the tea-stained linen cloth is beginning to fray from the hundreds of times she's pulled it in and out of the canvas shopping bag where she keeps her sewing. She pulls each stitch carefully, her movements a kind of mirror to the rhythm she's developed over the months of creating the design. One after another, the tiny x's are removed, row by row. Row by row the meadow disappears.

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