A Hundred Gourds 2:4 September 2013
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how hard it is
to give when a friend
wants nothing –
I go to him
with empty hands

space Joy McCall - UK
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  you don’t look dead
lying there, in your coffin
just asleep
      as if your heart still beats
      in sync with mine

space Susan Burch - USA
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    in the back
of a mother's journal
one soft curl
from a daughter
she never named

space Seánan Forbes - UK
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seventeen years
a good life for a cat,

she says
and waits for me to tell her
that I understand her grief

space Beverley George - Australia
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  I tell
the old woman
about my brother dying
that’s sad, she says
and carries on with her story

space Owen Bullock - New Zealand
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