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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 1, March 2014

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Gary LeBel
Cumming, Georgia, USA


Spring Story

She coos she sings she fawns while undoing my silver buckles
She lights sparklers of laughter with a match of hope
Her daydreams leap round the stable on grasshopper-legs

Cricket-sounds lap at the edge of the door
The light bulb glows with a brassy hum
     while she brushes me down after an evening's ride

barnand when the bristles' bliss
               is finished
     I snort my approval I stamp my thanks

then stretching her long lovely frame full out
               on the tips of her toes

                    she cups an ear
     and with a warm sweet rippling
                    of tickling breaths

she says his name

          new-in-love
     the sweet-talk she gives
                         her gelding



Author’s Note:  Image: Barn on highway 78, Georgia 2013

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