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

Volume 12, Number 2, June 2018

Peter Newton
Winchendon, Massachusetts, USA

Ceremonial Release

Ordering the butterflies online seemed like a romantic idea. Store the pupae in a cool dark place until spring and Voila! a release of bright living symbols of our love. But the cool dark place was too near the dryer vent that snaked through the closet and out the side of the house. The butterflies bloomed too soon. Their not-quite-yellow wings were misshapen and useless having first opened inside the box they were shipped in.

I was forced to keep half a dozen survivors in the empty bathtub with saucers of sugar water. Half dragging themselves half crawling they managed to dip their watch-spring tongues in for a drink. All I could think was: what have I done? These poor little creatures. They’ll starve.

To ease my guilt I brought home grocery store bouquets every night after work. Maybe the fresh flowers could help the butterflies make it through April. But what then? How long could this go on? I mean where was any of this going?

upping the volume birdsong over rain



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