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

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Peter Butler
London, England


Probing for Survivors

The chance discovery of your elderly address book is a mixed blessing, as thumbing through it cannot be resisted. Names from the past and questions: is A still around, did D get a divorce, is Z (possibly) dead?

There are others: K who had an unpredictable temper, J who was careless about keeping her knickers on, M who thought endlessly but rarely spoke. I have to probe further.

A, it appears, is around but in Australia, D is on her fourth husband and Z is most definitely dead. K served 10 years for assault on J, while M, after entering the Church, belongs to a Silent Order.

With its fraying pages, it’s time to ditch one elderly address book, but you don’t, because you are still part of the past.

Then the telephone rings and I struggle to answer a cold caller. It happens to be K.

after the heron
the smallest fish
rising to feed

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