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

Volume 12, Number 3, September 2018

Praniti Gulyani
New Delhi, India

Running Thread

Just like my twirling fingers pick threads from the ends of the dinner mat, my thoughts pick the war widow's song from the end of her windowpane and all of this comes out of me, not through tears because I'm not the sentimental type, but maybe through the way I leave the threads near his chair, watch him through the corner of my eye as he picks them up and twists them till dinner is over, then leaves them where they lie until my daughter comes over to pick them up and twist them and twirl them, and I watch how one thread drops and clings to the edge of her skirt and drops again in front of our bedroom door, and my husband unknowingly kicks the thread into our room and again, a bit of the war widow's song becomes part of our life. . . .

family album . . .
the fading yellow
of grandma's fingerprints



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