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A Hundred Gourds 3:4 September 2014

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fairytales
full of evil, ugly
stepmothers …
how do I tell your child
I won’t be one of those

space Keitha Keyes - Australia
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  suddenly
way up the ladder
I shudder …
trying to pinpoint the start
when it all went downhill

space Samantha Sirimanne Hyde - Australia
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    a crocus bleeds
into the snow ...
I thought
the truth was supposed to
set me free

space Shloka Shankar - India
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I would have the breeze
dance you an elegy
of scarlet and gold …
nothing but a barrowful
of rain-sodden leaves

space Claire Everett - UK
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  at the bottom
of grandpa's wardrobe
his stockpile
of sweets and canned food
how the war scarred him

space André Surridge - New Zealand
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    Feature obit:
90 years compressed into
a thousand words –
on YouTube a Porsche
crushed into a cube

space George Swede - Canada
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