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

Volume 13, Number 1, March 2019
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Tim Gardiner
Manningtree, Essex, UK


Lost Boys

I was part of the farmer's gang that built this seawall. The view of the mudflats is much the same; a narrow creek of samphire and seablite winds into the estuary. Clover is restricted to the slope of the embankment and the edge of the shallow dyke. A ginger bumblebee collects pollen from a patch of scarlet flowers near the sluice. The salt works has gone, a red hill is all that remains. A young boy is walking the gravel path, not far from me. Lost in his thoughts, he does not look up.

skylark nest
the afternoon fledges

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