Amy Barnes

Amy Barnes has words at a variety of sites including McSweeney’s, Parabola, The New Southern Fugitives, FlashBack Fiction, Burning House Press, Marias at Sampaguitas, Flash Fiction Magazine, Elephants Never, Detritus, Lucent Dreaming and Lunate Fiction. She’s a reader for CRAFT and Narratively and Associate CNF Editor for Barren Magazine.

TUESDAY AT THE MONASTERY by Amy Barnes

We reverently chop up Brother Francisco.  Deo Optimo Maximo.  After morning prayers, that’s we do on Tuesday. Laid on the dining room table, our former dining partners resemble dinner chickens we used to eat together, reduced to skeletal bones. We carefully cut away flesh and organs and eyeballs and hair. Stripped of their robes, we leave only skulls covered in skin, brains removed as if we are Egyptian mummy makers, not religious brothers. I measure a place for my living hands on the arched crypt walls, bits of his skin clinging like gloves. Laid flat. Stretched out. A hand is…

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