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A Hundred Gourds 2:3 June 2013
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morning walk –
I dismiss the pinched nerve
in my hip,
resolve to make peace
with the thorns in my side

spaceJanet Lynn Davis - USA
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  terminal cancer
she says it's hard
to close a life
easy to remember
how open she was

spaceDavid Rice - USA
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    in the dream
you come to tell me
you want to sleep outside
your ashes still on the shelf
in their lacquerware box

spaceMargaret Chula - USA
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alone now…
I light the oil lamp
at sunset
to keep the gathering darkness
from hemming in my soul

spaceKala Ramesh - India
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  the stars long gone…
all that's left are the sighing
gusts of wind
and my grieving heart
pumping darkness

spaceSonam Chhoki - Bhutan
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