Minimum Wage

by a contributor

Lena Gluck

Finding employment is difficult for Death

because after an entire existence
learning how to deal with dying,
he hears it’s not a valuable skill

in today’s world.

He feels a little unfulfilled,
but things are okay.

In his free time, He’s often alone
in rooms of extinguishing candles,
tending to the smoke.

Lena Gluck’s writing has appeared in the Great Lake Review. She is an assistant librarian and teaches the Young Authors Academy at the Downtown Writer’s Center in Syracuse. Her writing can be found on the

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