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

Volume 13, Number 3, September 2019

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Peter Newton
Winchendon, Massachusetts, USA

The Story Of

How there was a boy who grew into a man.
How his stuffed white dog had come to life.
How she followed him everywhere.
How his brothers and sisters had run away to their hiding places.
How the count-down had already begun.
How life is exactly that inexplicable excitement of butterflies inside.

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How he keeps in touch with his siblings.
How he learned how to WhatsApp them for quick video chats.
How their parents had grown into children.
How he encouraged them to eat and drink and keep up their strength.

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How time continues its invisible shift.
How it's a parabola of starlings too many to count.
How the man learns to let go of his dog.
How proudly she trots alongside, happy as ever, invisible friend.
How his parents have blown away in the wind.
How the brothers and sisters learn again to hold hands.
How the world is a busy street.
How our mother always told us: don’t let go.

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