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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 10, Number 1, March 2016


Frank J. Tassone
Montebello, New York, USA

Encountering the Apparition

The fair at Patriot’s Park in North Tarrytown bustles with people. Kids scream on the Flying Saucers and the Tilt-o-Whirl. Not so much on the carousel.

Then there is the haunted house.

I walk up its dark entryway. Turn left. See a flashing strobe-light. And a familiar figure:

Jesus Christ.

He sits bare-chested, his cross over his shoulder. His eyes meet mine. His face is a portrait of resigned agony. Blood runs down the side of that face from his crown of thorns.

I run from his apparition, his suffering.

A lifetime later, I haven’t stopped.

echoing footsteps
shriveled leaves under
blooming maples



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