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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 11, Number 1, March 2017

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Marilyn Humbert
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Cycles

Under relentless Australian summer sun, the farm land thirsts. The river on the eastern boundary is a muddy trickle between bare, steep-sided banks.

Our swimming hole has disappeared along with the fish. Thick-girthed river gums droop, leaves curling, bark hanging carelessly.

I watch as you crumble a hand full of soil into powdery dust knowing no crop will be planted this year, your shoulders hunched. You are as stressed as the thin-ribbed sheep among splinters of remaining stubble.

This week from the north clouds full-term with moisture escorted by thunder and lightning. Days of ceaseless rain drench the farm, fill dams, lakes and rivers. Within a week the sodden soil erupts in green shoots.

circling, always circling
the moon
waxes and wanes

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