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

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Valorie Broadhurst Woerdehoff
Dubuque, Iowa, USA


Ashes to Ashes

for Christopher

In honor of a hiker and lover of rocks who left us too soon, we take the trail he walked up the Big Obsidian Flow of Newberry Crater in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. Created by a volcanic eruption just 1,300 years ago, little grows in these conditions of primarily glass and pumice. The juniper tree twists to fully use what water falls on this high desert, and the delicate, gray rabbitbrush plants itself in dust. At the top we see Paulina Lake, clear and blue on a horizon of evergreens. Signs along the way instruct us to not take pieces of this place when we go . . . instead we add a stone to the pile others have stacked.

a cut on my hand
holding tight
the wound

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