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

Volume 13, Number 1, March 2019

Nancy Hull
Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada

Oh! Possum!

The car headlights swing around the last curve of our country driveway illuminating a slow-moving, small, grey animal with a long pink tail as it crosses our path and disappears into the snow and darkness.

The next morning I see her again in the same place and stop the car. She is moving purposefully down the driveway ahead of me as if she too is heading off to do her shopping.

She sits and looks at me over her shoulder, one of her hairless ears shorter than the other, then heads off towards an old log resting on the ground which may contain some tasty larvae. How clever it was of her marsupial ancestors to have evolved a pouch, such a handy place to put one's keys or spare change or the mittens her children will drop while on a walk.

quiet afternoon –
knitting ear muffs
and a tail warmer



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