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

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Diana Webb
Leatherhead, Surrey, England


Gone Wild

A handful of lifetimes back, the Lord of the manor, wanting a pleasing view to be seen to best advantage from his own front window, gave orders for the river to be widened, islands set at its centre and an ornamental bridge to connect a pair of them.

Under the keystone is a huge scallop shell with two smaller shells on either side.

A few ripples upstream, when the water is low, the odd bold trespasser paddles across from the footpath to the nearest island in an attempt to explore and experience these treasures in a different way.

I prefer to contemplate the little bridge from a wooden bench on the riverside walkway, to ponder the sunlit arc of flint and stone beyond the profusion of nettles that threaten to engulf it.

an orange butterfly
poised on a leaf
the wings' bright span

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