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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 7, Number 4, December 2013

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Dawn Bruce
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Autumn

The SOLD notice glares bright yellow.

I shutter and lock the holiday house for the last time, turn in on myself, sifting through memories.

Red-gold leaves float and settle where we once enjoyed days of picnics, the laughter of our children swinging out over the lake, the dog splashing through dappled light, lazy evenings by lamplight, reading, playing the piano, singing . . .

autumn wind
an old birch tree leans closer
to the ground

Under a louring sky I know it will soon be winter and just like the house I feel the sharp edge of emptiness and cold.

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