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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 6, Number 1, March 2012


Matthew Caretti
Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, USA

A Calling

I think that she thinks that I want little to do with her. And perhaps she thinks that I think (and rightly so) that she wants little to do with me. So now we exchange infrequent emails. Never a call.

A scene from a lousy romantic comedy includes a sage friend telling the protagonist that in relationships, "There's a window in time when any two people can get together. But after that window closes . . . Nothing." I wonder.

If timing is everything, what then of this longing. Could poor timing become a success? Perfect timing a disaster?

Moments filled with opportunity do return anew. The phone rings. So what will it be?

her last caress—
the sound
of blowing leaves



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