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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 9, Number 2, June 2015

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Amanda Bell
Dublin, Ireland


Swiftly Flowing Water

The Clare River runs through a red sandstone gorge between counties Limerick and Tipperary. A forest walk loops around either side of the river, rising and falling steeply among pine trees. The forest floor is softly cushioned by pine needles, in contrast to the sheets of rock pavement at the water’s edge.

Shortly after the sudden death of my grandfather, I brought my grandmother there for a Sunday walk. Her Springer spaniel ran to the water’s edge to pick up a throwing stick, got caught by the rapids, and within seconds was swept out of sight.

high water—
at the corner of my eye
the dipper’s white bib

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