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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 10, Number 2, June 2016


Doris Lynch
Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Instructions for Sleeping in Graveyards

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.

—Vincent Van Gogh

Abandoned cemeteries far from the railroad tracks work best, yet nothing haunts so much as a train engine’s wail. Choose a berm brightened by flowers—even artificial ones will do. Violets and iris can be soothing. For ground cover, springy pinecones work best: dry in the damp, plus they provide a cushion of safety from sinking earth.

Select a quiet alcove near a fledgling maple. Observe carefully. Never obstruct the waning moon from your neighbors’ view. No need to kneel for bedside prayers. However a song at dusk would be greatly appreciated: Auld Lang Syne or When the Saints Come Marching In.

hurrying to catch
dandelion fluff—
dad’s homemade wine



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