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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 9, Number 1, March 2015

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Mary Frederick Ahearn
Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA


Finding My Marbles

But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.
—Vincent van Gogh

On walks on nearby school grounds, in early June, just when school is finished for the summer, I find marbles. Marbles shining in the sun, in the parking lots. This is the only time of year I ever see them. Each year they seem to have a theme, particular colors and patterns that predominate. The first year I found them, they were sea and sky colors, cool cloudy blues and aquas. The next year they were clear, sun-colored in reds, oranges, yellows.

The next June, I wondered if the god of small delights would bring more marbles. Yes! They were crystal clear, with spirals of color in their centers, double helices of color within, small perfect spheres. And this year, they were opaque, coral red and pearl white. Simple, elegant.

I wonder now: will there be more? Or has that question already been answered?

each dandelion
waiting
for its butterfly

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