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

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Gerry Jacobson
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


The first time I saw your face

Leading the Easter bushwalk, need to check on new walkers, make sure they have the right gear. That was what I told myself. So I knocked on the door of 59 Park Street, a white villa with trailing flowering vines. You opened the door. It was the first time I ever saw your face. Were you wearing a soft grey-blue jumper that highlighted hazel eyes? Rae Marshall’s eyes? This knock on the door was a turning point in my life. For a while we were part of a group of friends, then we drifted into being girlfriend/boyfriend. That was April 1962, exactly 53 years ago. The wheel of the year keeps turning. It’s autumn again now, and what have we drifted into?

reaching out
beyond my fingertips
this crowded room

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