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A Hundred Gourds 2:2 March 2013
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nearly summer
the soft days filled with scents
of the garden;
we have this time to ourselves
to pocket for colder nights

spaceAdelaide B. Shaw - USA
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  it’s too late now
I’ve already forgotten
her name…
anyway, that vase looks
perfect exactly where it is

spaceBarbara Taylor - Australia
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    oh, the death smell
of these cut flowers…
if only
I’d brought you an orchid
in a moon-glazed pot

spaceCynthia Rowe - Australia
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polished wood
so like her tongue
the surface satin
but beware
a hidden splinter

spaceElizabeth Howard - USA
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  smooth as silk
tumbled jasper pebble
in my hand –
dark red as blood
heavy as old sin

spaceJoy McCall - UK
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