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


Kala Ramesh
Pune, Maharashtra, India

Coffee Blossom

I am constantly bringing things up," I tell my doctor.

"This sounds like heartburn," she says. "The symptoms can be a burning sensation rising in your throat; it can make you sit up at 3 am, maybe with a bout of coughing. Some experience the urge to throw up, with pain and nausea."

I squirm in my plastic chair. "Yes, those are exactly my symptoms."

I pay her hefty fee, take the prescription and walk home . . . I don't tell her it has to do with my battle with words. How can I?

distant horizon
from wet earth the rise
of coffee blossom



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