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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 6, Number 2, June 2012

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Colette Jonopulos
Edgewater, Colorado, USA


Skeptic

Strange connections in the night—continuous blur of needles through shadowed windows—thousands of pines doubling as the train streaks south.

The woman next to me reading her Bible and coughing. I am inscrutable; leave her to her mood of exclusive, pedantic reading. Her Bible's relevance, a truth I wish I (still) believed, its twin-sisters of simplicity and absurdity float just beyond my grasp.

simplicity: one answer for all questions asked

absurdity: one answer for all questions asked

My reflection in the window overlays a deer bending over bitter chickweed flowers—I watch my face turned toward the window—the woman's face appears like a sheet of onionskin between me and the doe, her head bowed deep over old words on thin paper.

The doe doesn't move; her containment rocks that place in me that turns east toward certainty; if she could speak, would she tell us where we're headed?

from the window
ferns rustling like ghosts
in a hurry

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