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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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Barbara Kaufmann
Massapequa Park NY USA


Caught

She finishes her exercise routine just as the 'oldies' music ends. As she passes by her wall of childhood memories, the woman notices her favorite photo and soon she is lost in reverie. Her five-year-old self, dressed in a sleeveless romper, head thrown back toward the sun, is laughing. A stone ledge, where she is sitting, surrounds a weedy garden, filled with early summer wildflowers. She knows her sister and cousin were with her, but she can’t remember why they aren’t in the picture. The photo never fails to give her a warm feeling - what joy might feel like before something bad happens.

midnight wind
a pond filled with
shards of moonlight

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