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A Hundred Gourds 4:1 December 2014

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green bottles
behind the dunes
in rows –
schoolkids looking
down the barrel of a gun

space Marilyn Humbert - Australia
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  wind-flayed
strips of bark curl back
around a wound –
instinctively I cinch
my robe more tightly

space Sally Biggar - USA
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    it seems
half my time spent
waiting
for tests, for results
for the axe to fall

space Ignatius Fay - Canada
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the kite
stuck in a tree
as this day ends
a soft fragile dream
in a tiny coffin

space Padma Thampatty - USA
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  in the space
that used to be
her counselling room
swan plants
and dead butterflies

space Owen Bullock - Australia
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    the hillside
covered in goldenrod
and asters
how many more dead
can i hold in my heart

space Marianne Paul - Canada
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