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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 7, Number 2, June 2013


Michael Rehling
Presque Isle, Michigan, USA

Astronomical Death

My Japanese friends taught me the value of visiting the graves of those who have passed on before . . . In America it is a lost custom, but in Japan the dead are honored often, but particularly as the air turns in the fall season . . . The way it is done in their culture is far from sad, and not at all cold . . . The graveside is attended to, and the dead quietly remembered . . . It is a peaceful time . . . I left the house late, and when I was through with the cutting of a few weeds, and planting a handful of bulbs for the spring, it was evening . . . Strangely, it seems quietly reassuring to compare the celestial with the earthly and rediscover that our lives have a beginning, a middle, and an end, just as the seasons or movements of night sky . . .

at a friend’s grave
cancer rising



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