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

Volume 11, Number 4, December 2017
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Tim Gardiner
Manningtree, Essex, UK


The Water Between Us

The afternoon has turned; a storm is building over Dedham Vale to the west. The dark chimney looms across the water, a deep channel between us. I see the white yachts of Manningtree; the church spire and converted warehouses of Mistley to the east. All that separates the two towns is one mile of highway. I imagine us walking along The Walls, arm in arm, kissing in the shadow of a scarlet sunset. But a distant rumble of thunder wakes me from that dream.

irrigator . . .
still pumping water
on the arid hill

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