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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 10, Number 1, March 2016

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Glenn G. Coats
Prospect, Virginia, USA


Nothing But Time

First light and the roads are like rivers shrouded in mist. Figures appear like wisps of smoke, some are walking small dogs. The dogs navigate around mailboxes, up and down gullies, tug down walkways. Neighbors move slowly toward me as I rake pine needles and magnolia leaves.

Never get ahead of that pine straw, falls all four seasons but heaviest in the fall, use it to mulch around the azaleas or bag it and recycle the stuff next to the township building. Never ends. Where did you say you were from? I thought I remembered that. Don’t work so hard, there’s always tomorrow.

cool of November
I give the walking stick
a place to lean

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