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A Hundred Gourds 3:4 September 2014

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sick leave
her desk plants
slowly dying

space David Serjeant - UK
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  throat cancer –
orchids multiply
along her kitchen sill

space Helen Buckingham - UK
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    intensive care -
a blooming chestnut
casts its shadow

space Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu - Romania
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his just like my father’s chemo smile

space Matthew Caretti - USA
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  morphine drip a hawk's gyre edged with sunset

space Mark E. Brager - USA
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    slice of sun
my dad remembers
my name

space Karen O'Leary – USA
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dusk as far as the eye can see

space Alan S. Bridges - USA
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  cobwebs never easy letting go

space Margaret Dornaus - USA
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    a gray morning
the day unfolds
cloud by cloud

space Adelaide B. Shaw - USA
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bedside vigil –
she clasps a hand
I do not see

space Elizabeth Howard - USA
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  she turns
towards me –
North wind

space Mike Montreuil - Canada
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    a needle left
in the unfinished quilt –
her final words

space Theresa A. Cancro - USA
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trailblazer
first of us
to choose cremation

space Mary Frederick Ahearn - USA
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  scattering your ashes
the morning tide
still pulled by the moon

space Chase Gagnon - USA
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    probate
the lilies
long gone over

space Helen Buckingham - UK
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