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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 9, Number 4, December 2015

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Cherie Hunter Day
Cupertino, California, USA


Soft Landings

Scrub jays toggle blue in the sunlight. They fold that brilliance next to their bodies when they land. We hear each small thud on the wooden deck—the rhythm fits into the conversation like a heartbeat. A scattering of millet and sunflower seeds is enticement enough for them to come close. For us it’s the ritual of loose leaf tea steeped until the leaves completely unroll and release their astringent and slightly sweet floral notes. Our ears are still tuned to soft landings when the conversation shifts to the latest lab results and paperwork for two new clinical trials. Refractory is the word chosen over stubborn, wayward, contrary, or difficult. The latter terms would more aptly describe a truant child, not cancer. Does clarity have a color? Something on the prismatic scale next to indigo or ultramarine. Outside the jays leap from the balcony railing and unfurl their sun-brightened wings.

thistledown—
a fugitive
at flight’s end

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