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

Volume 13, Number 2, June 2019

Pravat Kumar Padhy
Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Art of Language

swelling river
I breathe some
before managing to cross
with a bit of effort

At my new place of posting, I feel alone where the language is all Greek to me! I try to switch back to the prehistoric style of communication by murmuring my lips and moving my fingers. She is kind enough to guess and points me towards the restaurant. When I look back with due acknowledgement, she does the same with a sense of confirmation.

travel phrase book
I treasure for my own
I recount
walking down the street
the vendor’s wide smile



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