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

Volume 12, Number 2, June 2018

Matthew Caretti
Mapanga, Malawi

With the Tide

An island boy washes into the Big City. Flowered prints. Long, dark hair. Salted accent. He finds his way to a little park with a pond. Turtles bubble. Ducks wend. Under the canopy of trees, Chinese grandmothers harmonize their tai chi. A cadre of Slovenians roll a game of bocce. A cleric presides over his daughters, dark burqas chasing a red ball.

The boy rides the swell of those evenings in the park into manhood. He settles into his place among the now familiar crowds. Perches atop a milk crate beside the pond’s waterline. Clenches a worn paddle. Eyes closed, he reaches and pulls. Reaches and pulls. Stirs the murky waters.

of the sea
memories eddy
with each stroke



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