Aphelion Issue 229, Volume 22
June 2018
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Soylent Green

by Jean Jones

QUESTION: Where are the old placed? In warehouses for the dead and the dying. I know. I placed my parents in such a place. I'm reminded of the killing room in Soylent Green: so beautiful and yet Soylent Green is people. Darkness overcomes us all. We want to treat the aged and infirm with respect especially if you cant take care of them and you don't have the money. We do what we can. When my parents died all that I felt for them was buried in the boxes they were placed in. I haven't spoken to them or about them for years now. But I remember how alone I felt. My wife and kids became my new family. The rest I forgot.

2017 Jean Jones

Jones attended St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, earned his MFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and now teaches at Cape Fear Community College. His numerous poetry collections include “Beyond Good and Evil” (1999) and “Birds of Djakarta” (2008).

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