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

Volume 11, Number 3, September 2017

Marilyn Humbert
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The Secret Burrow

Beside ancient river gums where the Murray’s banks are steep, the channel eroded by time and passing water. Edging tree roots are a tangled ball above and below the clay soil. A small grove of water reeds nestle close to the bank making a breakwater on the bank’s slow curve. This is where there is a burrow. Entrance hidden below the water, along a tunnel above the waterline, a nest grass lined and cosy. Here a water rat coaxes his mate and they raise their kittens. Teaching them to swim through the current, propelling sleek furred bodies with broad sweeps of their tails, like a gondolier boatman’s oar. They dive and breech the water to catch freshwater shrimp jumping in the moonlight.

dawn light—
an underwater forest
mirrored in stillness  



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