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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 11, Number 4, December 2017

Kathryn J. Stevens
Cary, North Carolina, USA

Coloring Outside the Lines

the spark
of roller skates
on sun-heated sidewalks,
me with the others—
but it wasn't like that at all

From the street below laughter rises and drifts past my open window. I scowl at the half-finished page in my coloring book. I'd started on Cinderella’s ball gown. Now the blue-crayoned dress is smudged with tears. Seizing storm black, I scribble hard over Anastasia and Drizella, ripping them to shreds.

side by side
the others walk to school . . .
I lag behind
avoiding the cracks
even in the rain



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