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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 6, Number 2, June 2012


Bob Lucky
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The World Is Full of Heroes

After every glass of beer, Ron claims someone else to be his hero. I notice the beer garden is carpeted in fallen jacaranda blossoms, but it's not an observation that fits neatly into the conversation. As the night darkens our view, I turn to him and ask if I could be his hero. "Why not?" he mumbles, "Anyone who does what I ought to do but don't is a hero to me." I ask what I've done to become his hero. "Could you get me another beer?" he asks.

moonlight puddles
around green plastic tables—
draining my glass
a hole in the Big Dipper
almost visible



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