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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 4, December 2014

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Ignatius Fay
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada


Perennial Flower

She has been seen walking downtown every day for more than twenty-seven years. Quite gray now and still thin as a rail; always in a hurry going nowhere in particular; no one I know has ever seen her enter a building. Winter and summer, her mid-calf herringbone tweed is buttoned to her throat, where it is clutched by her frail right hand. The left, in constant motion, repeatedly counts the coat's buttons. I remember the same type of sturdy shoes in my grandmother's closet.

Staring straight ahead, she allows others a wide berth. And she mutters in a voice too low for comprehension, even when standing next to her waiting for the crossing light.

crunch
of dry leaves—
the persona I wear

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