“The Unexplained Appearance of Spheres” © Jury S. Judge


Virtual Meeting, Real Ending

They met over a final Zoom call
Healing old wounds over the ocean.
As son slept, father travelled to the kingdom
Of death with an unmasked virulent guide
Who had sneaked in unasked.

The last rites would be virtual.
The corpse wouldn’t be released
For a last homecoming.
The relatives amassed
Outside the crematorium,
Lingering on last respects.

Long distance zooming in again.
Overseeing honourable discharge
Filial duties. A retrospective homage.
Mindless chant of Millenia old Vedic mantras
For His soul’s release.

The son did all in stoic silence.
Broke down mid highway driving home
From work. And had to take the nearest
Exit pressing down on the brakes.

As he dissolved in quiet staggered despair,
He finally understood non closure.

He could drive to the ends of the world
At breakneck speed but he couldn’t reverse
gears. There wouldn’t be
One last meeting.


Amrita Valan is from India, mother of two boys. She holds a master’s degree in English literature. She has worked in several BPOs, in American health insurance and British motor insurance, a content creator (Deductive Logic and Reasoning in English, simulated questions for MBA Aspirants), and a receptionist at a five-star hotel.

Jury S. Judge is an internationally published artist, writer, poet, and cartoonist. Her “Astronomy Comedy” cartoons are published in Lowell Observatory’s quarterly publication, The Lowell Observer. She has been interviewed on the television news program, ‘NAZ Today’ for her work as a political cartoonist. Her artwork has been widely featured in over one hundred and twenty five literary magazines such as, Blue Mesa Review, The Tishman Review, Blue Moon Review, and The Ignatian Literary Journal. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2014.