Death: A Progression

The dying comes slowly in this existentialist poem by Julie Allyn Johnson.

Writing by Julie Allen Johnson
Art by Mr. Omar King

death:  a progression

A zombie process is a process in its terminated state. This usually happens in a program that has parent-child functions. After a child function has finished execution, it sends an exit status to its parent function. Until the parent function receives and acknowledges the message, the child function remains in a “zombie” state, meaning it has executed but not exited.


the dying 

comes slowly,

accelerating only 

when the bereaved 

turn away 


too many tasks 

of the passing-on

to attend to

what is sleep

to the dead

but a respite

from the pain

of those left behind?

a zombie-state

exists, a shadow

place for loved ones,

for those compelled

to draw on



in order to shed

the obligatory tears

every mourner

allotted a private

moment for


to settle scores,



for high drama


the misdemeanors

About the Author

photo of moon on a dark sky

Julie Allyn Johnson is a sawyer’s daughter from the American Midwest whose current obsession is tackling the rough and tumble sport of quilting and the accumulation of fabric.  Her poetry can be found in Star*Line, The Briar Cliff Review, Phantom Kangaroo, Haven Speculative, Penumbric Speculative Fiction, Coffin Bell, The Lake, Chestnut Review and other journals

About the Artist

Omar King is an artist from California, and he is autistic. He makes digital and physical art pieces, mainly of the physical variety, out of cereal boxes and other cardboard. He finds them to be cheaper than the art materials the stores are selling these days. So, he uses Crayons and markers and cardboard, and combines them all together to make a MASTERPIECE!

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