Pulled Muscles

by Julián Martinez

“Migraine” by kingcupart

Anytime one of us got to crack our backs –
be it in on a smoke break, or in bed at 4am –
our guardian angel whispered wake up

wake up wake up, like Marvin Gaye
on ‘Sexual Healing,’ to the unanswered line
of the actuarial department in Heaven

so that they might have it on file that we
relaxed – at the cost of ourselves, maybe,
we worked so hard to relax between shifts.

Julián Martinez (he/him) is the son of Mexican and Cuban immigrants and is from Waukegan, IL. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Peach Mag, Prolit, Barrio Panther and elsewhere. His work has received The Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Find him online @martinezfjulian. As a DJ, he goes by the name DJ Guadalupe (aka A Vato with Serato) and can be heard rocking a party near you.

kingcupart is a digital artist who likes to draw bodies.

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