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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 10, Number 4, December 2016

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Roberta Beary
Bethesda, Maryland, USA


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Father Flynn says it’s a mortal sin for girls to have impure thoughts. Then he lets us out for recess.

That night I ask Mom what he means. She gives me a Catholic book for teens called, Your Changing Body.

It shows a black & white photograph of two older girls slow dancing.

Underneath the photo it says, “Banish impure thoughts through prayer.”

But no matter how hard I pray I can’t get that photo out of my head.

spring fever . . .
the absinthe
still unopened


Author's Note: Previously published in Mariposa spring/summer 2016

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