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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 2, June 2014

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Ryan Jessup
King, North Carolina, USA


A Nest

here at the birth of summer a mother bird has come to build a nest atop the downspout of the gutter on the backside of the house and once more life is given to the world without anyone lifting a finger and as the days pass small heads emerge in unison like a choir singing in natural order hoping to find a taste of something that will fulfill them and help them enough only to survive for a few moments longer but as the mother returns time after time with food for her babes less and less of their sweet mouths arise until finally only the nest remains

whistling softly up in the eaves June wind

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