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

Volume 12, Number 1, March 2018

Lee Darling
Eugene, Oregon, USA

XXs & Oh!

He invades my sleep, that Romeo from my youth, sunbathes beside me on warm sand, shares secrets as though sixteen were yesterday. He claims I don’t count as one of his x-ed out relationships.

Sex, he reminds me. We didn’t.

I nod, relive my world imploding when he cast me away – at seventeen – and began an affair with the blonde girl, new to our crowd.

We dream-walk to a roomful of women he’s known since then. He guides me to a chair that’s set apart.

mourning doves murmur
wake me soft and slow
and satisfied



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