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

Volume 12, Number 2, June 2018

Joshua Eric Williams
Carrollton, Georgia, USA

The Hastiness of Planting

My parents had a pear tree in their yard.
The branches were a test they failed to endure;
Even if its shaded shelter forgave
The passage that connected house and street,
The tree was only discontent and motion,
Having been planted right beside cement.
Forgetting about the fruit the tree would make,
They’d talk about it as a lasting mistake,
A sin from which they never could repent.
Even though they could not hide their emotion
About the gray and bare branches that beat
In waves to grass that would become its grave.
They cut it down before it was mature.
It grew too large too fast and caught them off-guard.

returning crickets
the old hymn
my father once sang



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