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

Volume 13, Number 1, March 2019

David Walsh
Scotia, New York, USA

Day Lilies

Lily bulbs dig in across the battlefield, some with disciplined order in regimented gardens, others littered into small brigades in protected hedgerows and ditches. Platoons of roadsidia lilies hunker down amidst daffodils and tall grasses, which help them lay unseen in the ditches. Squads wearing orange heads pop up with the early sun and defend all flanks in well-ordered trenches. Militia squads clean their floral barrels in the early breeze. Finally, hundreds of open orange faces have taken full control, their pistils aimed straight as they track rays across the sky into the long afternoon. But the night brings darkness and the loss of firepower from weak moonlight. The battlefield loses its colors.

off with
their heads



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