A Researcher’s Guide to Endings

how this ends
will not be dependent
on the when;

having already spent
ample time plotting out
a research design;

suspended our sample
in a jar of formaldehyde;
monitored close;

notified each other of
any breakage in the timeline;
figured at some point

this would need to be
revived; douse it in isotonic
fluid; hook an IV drip;

keep it alive long enough
to successfully say that
we’ve trial-and-errored our way

until the eventual expiration
date; scribbled equations
on our findings of each other

until the final submission;
make the empirical decision
to our research question

and if somehow our sample
leaves traces on each other,
we’ll gather all the living cells

we’ve inoculated and frayed;
euthanise the rest
and call it a day.

Jocelyn Suarez is only sometimes a poet. Actually a nurse, she gathers inspiration from her experience at work, delving into the psychosocial intricacies of human relationships and expounding on issues such as death and human suffering. She has been included in a couple of SingPoWriMo anthologies and has participated in various spoken word events. She hopes to be able to write more poetry beyond the month of April and maybe even adopt a cat.

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