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

Volume 11, Number 1, March 2017


Tricia Knoll
Portland, Oregon, USA

Smash and Grab

Anna reported the broken backseat window and an old suitcase stolen from her Jetta in the Falmouth parking lot at 10:30 pm. She had finished off coffee, cream and a custard-filled doughnut with her cousin Luanne reliving old kid times. How Maria, her aunt, used to dress them up (including theater make-up) for seven-act plays that seemed to never end until Maria's curtains (white sheets with light-blue lace trim) that drooped over the laundry line collapsed on the laughing children.

The police response was slow on a Tuesday night mid-winter, an absence of tourists. Yes, insurance covered the window, but what about the suitcase? The police made a list of the contents the women ticked off: family photos (including photos from the plays and a wedding), Maria's horseback-riding ribbons, her state fair award for her African Warty Gourds and the green-metal box on the back seat—Maria's ashes for the memorial service in Woods Hole.

night clouds stretch thin
a clock-round moon
charged with waiting



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