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A Hundred Gourds 3:1 December 2013
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Tom Painting - USA


Reasonable Doubt


Here I am west of Nogales, where the wall gives way to a no-man’s-land of rugged hills and sparse vegetation. There are no paved roads. It is a hot and desolate country. I listen for the tinkling phrases of a five-striped sparrow, my target bird, when suddenly, a white border patrol SUV drives up. I explain my intention to the two agents. He should be ok the driver says to his sidekick, who nods half-heartedly and wants to know if I have a handgun.

bingo palace
faith enters
the equation



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