Tag Archive for Death and Dying

Mother Tongue

Jinku stays by her dying mother’s side nine weeks, then finds a stack of journals written in her mother’ native tongue, a language in which she only ever heard her mother speak two words.


In the form of a letter, the writer explores and questions the way he responded and reacted to a fatal accident.


“She politely declines, preferring to spend her days in the soft sunlight, arranging the weary roses…” Inspired by the poem by Sylvia Plath.

Your Last Winter

Learning to fear not just his own mortality, but that of loved ones. Written for the poet’s 96-year-old grandmother.


Specific memories—all these insignificants—conjure up deep emotions.