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

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Marilyn Humbert
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Light and Shade

Into my life you bluster, cloaked in the untamed wind from the Summerland. I am under your spell, your prisoner.

I like to be organized. I like time-lines and lists. Under my bed, my secrets are filed in order, sealed in boxes. I find comfort in patches of darkness.

lightning at dusk
splashes of scarlet—
bitter-sweet
pomegranate juice drips
from my lover’s lips

I am a leaf carried in ripples and whirls of a flooding stream. I sing with rock cascades, laugh with grass stems.

from the east
a restlessness
like wind
in the leaves
we part and touch

Listen: the moonbeams are talking. Echoes drift between light and shade. I watch the stars, and wait for their gleaming to caress my outstretched hand.

darkness
slick with drizzle
we slide
between the shadows
of night and morning

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