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

Volume 12, Number 2, June 2018
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Jo Balistreri
Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA


Cross Your Fingers

My husband and I watch the man next to us. He stands before he sits to his meal and shakes salt in all four directions. Sitting at the table next to his we watch the ritual, know the Italian superstition, but this is a first in a restaurant. He speaks to no one but the waiter and then sparingly.

We speak quietly about superstition. There’s the evil eye, a broken mirror and bad luck for seven years, the black cat. There’s Stevie Wonder who says in his song, “Superstition,” when you believe in things you don’t understand, then you suffer. Superstition ain’t the way. But maybe the word just has a bad rap? Superstition has many nuances.

By the time our pasta comes we decide to blend suspicion with acceptance and eat with gusto. The stranger leaves without touching his food. Nevertheless, he did shake the salt.

lightning fire
out of control…
blue moon

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