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

Volume 12, Number 1, March 2018

Lew Watts
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Shattered Illusions

My big toe is a seismograph of agony. Each shattered shard of bone reacts to the smallest step across the emergency ward. The nurse-sister can be brusque, but she's devoted to her work, and she’s kind. This morning she slides silently as she approaches my bed.

“Are we still in pain?” she asks.

I am tempted to debate her choice of plural pronoun, perhaps ask whether some form of transference is occurring. Instead, lulled by the tail end of a sedative, I reply: “Worse than childbirth.”

“Well, we wouldn’t know about that, would we?” she says, snappishly.

rest home drinks
with my spinster aunt
extra bitters



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