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

Volume 12, Number 1, March 2018

Claire Everett
Northallerton, North Yorkshire, England


for Amy

the bric-a-brac
of futures past, of ends
made to meet
and pockets lined
with naught but moss

I didn't think of now in those green and dappled days when the chiffchaff sing-sung its name. Nor when the chaffinch pink-pinked in the blossoms. Not even in a squall of petals, beneath the bough-to-bough of a warbler's glee. But perhaps I glimpsed it then, then, in a rain of gold when one lottie fast became ten; kith and kin, twirling among the sycamore leaves, as if serendipity itself had wings.

And now? It is here. With vestiges of happy industry clinging to every tree like knots of yarn, crayoned scribbles, and just-washed tangles.

a red mitten
in a drift of snow
gone, that tiny hand . . .
but still we talk of birds
and other minikins

Author's Notes:

Lottie is the country name for long-tailed tits, tiny sociable birds that are very active in autumn and winter.

A minikin is a small, dainty thing, a darling. From the Middle Dutch Minnekin, diminutive of minne, love.



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