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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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Salil Chaturvedi
Goa, India


Patio Dusk

I sit on the back porch, reading a book—trying to read a book. The surrounding trees have begun to drop their leaves, offering a veined view of the sky. A small flock of starlings bobs overhead, changing its direction suddenly mid-flight. The evening sun makes golden the tiled roof of a distant house. In the foreground, a ficus tree loaded with figs leans into the hollow of an abandoned stone quarry. Bulbuls feast on the fruit, trilling with excitement. A woodpecker drums on the bark of the teak tree near the water tank. A hunting party of chattering small birds hops from branch to branch of the jackfruit tree, peeping under the leaves for spiders and insects.

Now the sunlight is dimmed on the treetops. The bamboo leaves shake easily in a slow westerly wind. And it vanishes, the question that has been bothering me all day: why does the world exist?

did you see
that one—
a twig shakes

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