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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 10, Number 3, September 2016

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Ann Quinn
Catonsville Maryland, USA


View from the porch

The birds are active—one makes the sound of a thumb flipping through a pack of cards, brightening almost to music at the end of each deck. I hang laundry in hopes that the sun and the slight, occasional breeze will do some drying before the storms roll in. On the porch table lies the desiccated remains of a maple samara—a translucent pinion. Flying days over, the veins of the wing are dried and left behind, like a yard sale frame. In prying it from the table surface, some threads stick and bend, but they can be smoothed back into place. Around the edge of the neighbor’s roof, a tangle of maple seedlings sprout.

Saplings—such hope
are all my strivings
so short-lived?

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