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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 6, Number 4, December 2012


Alexander Jankiewicz
Wamego, Kansas, U.S.A.


For the past forty years, he has declined help when raking the backyard. Everyone knows that Dad, when he was a boy, planted the oak sapling with Grandfather. The oak tree was special to them. No one knows why Dad and Grandfather had the argument that autumn day forty years ago. Mother and Grandmother heard the start of yelling through the open kitchen window. They only saw that moment when Grandfather’s rake fell. How he gripped his heart. How he fell onto the pile of leaves the two men had already collected. Dad doesn’t talk about the argument even forty years later: “. . . just not ready . . .” he says, and the “why” just isn’t important anymore. “Never was.”

Autumn leaves . . .
old memories
to gather



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