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

Volume 12, Number 3, September 2018
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Marilyn Humbert
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Hope

Her husband in quarantine with chicken pox, I accompany my daughter to the IVF clinic. It’s the fifth time she has made this trip after years of tests, invasive procedures, injections, disappointments and heartaches.

Sitting with her, the technician explains, again, the protocol, the chances of success. My daughter is full of optimism. I am filled with foreboding and guilt. A mother’s guilt. I can’t fix this.

a clutch of eggs
between water reeds—
ripples of life

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