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

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Maureen Sudlow
Dargaville, New Zealand


Other Lives

behind the stars
the deepness of eternity
wind rising

On the West Coast of New Zealand the stars add their light to the foam crests of the waves. No manmade light shines around our small-holding. I sleep under a steep-pitched roof designed to counter the gale winds that blow in from the sea. A meteorite swarm is predicted one night. Always fascinated by the vastness of space, I lie awake in anticipation.

Around midnight lights begin to shoot across the sky above the house. For a while I hang out of the upstairs window, my neck getting stiff. I go outside and lie on the driveway to watch. I have never seen anything like that wonderful sight—before or since. They say you can only see so many shooting stars before you die. I think I passed my quota.

celestial storm
through the eons of space
coldness of stones

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