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

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Dru Philippou
Taos, New Mexico, USA


Holding On

grapevines weave
across railings of
the front porch
from sepia tones
ancestors stare

She welcomes other immigrants to her home in the new country with dishes of feta cheese, olives, pickled yellow peppers, hummus and bread for dipping. Greek coffee, or Ellinikos kafes as she calls it, is prepared in a copper pot and served in small white porcelain cups with matching saucers. As long as the women stay, coffee is readily available to each one’s taste: sketo, metrio, glyko. At last minute, she brings out the spoon sweets along with glasses of water. Fingers touching, everyone takes her portion from the same crystal bowl.

in the almond grove
behind her mother’s house
with other children
counting, playing, teasing
in colloquial Greek

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