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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 10, Number 3, September 2016


Diana Webb
Leatherhead, Surrey, England


From a child's book of the universe, to keep up with a four year old, I learn the planets' names in order from the sun.

The little boy's vocabulary contains a word which minutes ago mine lacked; “Chromosphere,” the surface of our solar system's central star, its heat beyond imagining. “Galaxies and Nebulae” renew their places.

Together the child and I construct a Sputnik One from empty plastic salad bowls which, sticky taped together, form a sphere. The legs are made from drinking straws.

I tell him I remember 1957 when it launched in space. I remember too the first man's orbit of the earth and his return.

Traveller's Joy
a swirl of seeds
catches my breath



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