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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 7, Number 2, June 2013

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Kathe L. Palka
Flemington, New Jersey, USA


On the Edge of Spring
Cape May Point, New Jersey, USA

Walking the nature trail through coastal marshland I pause along the boardwalk path to take in the quiet. Early March and even the shore birds are oddly silent. Days are lengthening, but the sea breeze is still bitter. The world seems poised on the edge of spring, waiting. A lone gull cries somewhere overhead. Then suddenly, from across the marsh, the faint sound of a frog reaches me. One distant croak is followed by another and another as more and more join in. The sound travels physically across the wetland toward me in a growing chorus. Frog voices reach crescendo as the wave begins to enliven the water nearest the boardwalk. As the sound approaches I am transfixed by a sense of physical presence and movement. A single “Bravo!” escapes my lips and the chorus fades away.

late winter
hidden in the marsh grass
a pair of mute swans

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