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

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Harriot West
Eugene, Oregon, USA


What Matters

You call to say your husband is dying. “He has lost the will to live.” After a pause, you apologize for the cliché. I'm unsure what to say. People die every day—it’s hardly worth the effort to put his struggle into fresh language. Rather save your strength for the constant changing of sheets, the preparation of small meals left uneaten, endless phone calls from well-meaning friends, and the gentle swabbing of his parched lips.

after the funeral
slowly rolling socks
into pairs


Note: The haiku appeared in A New Resonance 5, Red Moon Press, 2007.

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