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A Hundred Gourds 4:1 December 2014

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So delicate
my stereo's volume control
why do I worry
until long after midnight
what you think about what I said

space Carol Purington - USA
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  morning breeze
the steaminess
of the night
gone with
the slam of a door

space Mike Montreuil - Canada
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    the time it takes
to ransack all that's precious
no place
in your dark mood
for my calm, my quiet

space Claire Everett - UK
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even a beggar
feels for the child
in a too-thin coat …
he gives her half
of his morning's cup

space Elizabeth Howard - USA
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  spring garden
the Buddha's palms
cupped in his lap
gathering light
from stone lanterns

space Julie B. Cain - USA
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    the ticket’s a winner
until I scratch it
the worm
rain brings to the surface
loses to a robin

space LeRoy Gorman - Canada
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