Joseph Dougherty

Every morning he took a clean shirt from the stack in the closet, slipped it out of the plastic bag it came in from the laundry, undid the buttons, put on the shirt, and buttoned it.  But this morning, the top button refused to cooperate.  It wouldn’t slide through the button hole.  His fingers felt clumsy and weak.  Frustration blossomed into something darker.  “I can’t unbutton a shirt.  This must be how the end begins.”

Joseph Dougherty is a writer living in California.

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