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

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Anastasia Vassos
Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Taking It On Faith

We lost Billy, she said. Stage four lung cancer. It was hard to get past the chill of four. We all called him Billy even though he was 74 the day he died. Relatives wrote notes to say Cousin Billy and Uncle Billy had passed away, gone home. Gone home. What does that even mean? I thought about his red cheeks that gave him that look of a little boy all his life. Like apples. I hadn’t seen Billy in years, didn’t know he was sick. He had been doing real good, she said. Then an infection set in unrelated to the cancer, and once in the hospital his organs began shutting down one by one.

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Bill, Billy, William
a cold hard rain falls

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