A Hundred Gourds 1:4 September 2012
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he sits quietly
at his old desk –
the pen he fingers
holds the remaining
ink of his memories

spaceMike Montreuil – Canada
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  My best gift from you
a red roll-top pencil box
with a hidden drawer –
places for your words to hide
and for me to find them

spaceJ. Zimmerman – USA
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    rejection letters
stacked neatly beside
new submissions
even in the worst seasons
some rice is set aside

spaceBeverly Acuff Momoi – USA
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one by one
snapping off the leaves
my kitchen knife
heading straight
for the artichoke’s heart

spaceLesley Anne Swanson – USA
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  at midnight
before the open door
of the fridge ...
as if the answer lay
in a bologna sandwich

spaceCarole MacRury – USA


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