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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 7, Number 4, December 2013


Gary LeBel
Cumming, Georgia, USA


Soon after I call out, a limitless horizon of spring peepers surrenders him to the porch. Stepping eagerly into the light, his face beams with innocence, a splendid creature all the more beautiful for having just emerged from the grassy dark.

How he must have enjoyed them as each peeper’s cold throbbing heart heaved its blood and instinct into one pure, sheltering sound. And yet he returns when he could have lingered without consequence, gliding to the water bowl and then to bed, confident that both worlds are his.

Had to call twice:
black lab romping
in a moonlit meadow

Author’s Note: The ending poem was presented online at Issa's Untidy Hut, Wednesday Haiku, on June 12, 2013



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