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A Hundred Gourds 4:4 September 2015

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family picnics
so enjoyable those early years …
then came schizophrenia
the campfire volatile,
turbulence even in the ashes

space Elizabeth Howard - USA
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  forbidden
to visit my friend
on a church day ...
father still watching me
from that wooden chair

space Anne Curran - New Zealand
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    all day the loons
peer and dive fearlessly –
I’m baffled
by my reluctance to probe
into my own murky depths

space Sally Biggar - USA
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an anthill
covers a stepping stone –
I leave it,
as if all roadblocks
in time resolve themselves

space Janet Lynn Davis - USA
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  change the channel
throw out the newspaper
shut out disaster –
but how else to learn
what the world is like?

space Peggy Heinrich - USA
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    sometimes all I want
is to walk away into
the foothills …
streams trickling down
from far-off peaks

space Stewart C Baker - USA
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