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

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Michael Rehling
Presque Isle, Michigan, USA


Astronomical Death

My Japanese friends taught me the value of visiting the graves of those who have passed on before . . . In America it is a lost custom, but in Japan the dead are honored often, but particularly as the air turns in the fall season . . . The way it is done in their culture is far from sad, and not at all cold . . . The graveside is attended to, and the dead quietly remembered . . . It is a peaceful time . . . I left the house late, and when I was through with the cutting of a few weeds, and planting a handful of bulbs for the spring, it was evening . . . Strangely, it seems quietly reassuring to compare the celestial with the earthly and rediscover that our lives have a beginning, a middle, and an end, just as the seasons or movements of night sky . . .

stargazing
at a friend’s grave
cancer rising

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