A Hundred Gourds 5:2 March 2016

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mother’s surgeon
sits examining a peach
in the canteen –
carefully he excises
a section of blighted flesh

space Gavin Austin - Australia
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  how much larger
mother’s disapproval
in dim-lit fitting rooms
where I never measured up

space Autumn Noelle Hall - USA
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    jewellery class ‒
twisting outsized beads
into a garish bangle
the woman next to me
asks why I’m childless

space Samantha Sirimanne Hyde - Australia
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how to ignore
what other people
think about me
the chatter of magpies
in broad daylight

space Christine L. Villa - USA
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  a cow chews
the cud of silence –
this echo
of my stray thoughts
in the void around me

space Safiyyah Patel - UK
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    Valentine's Day
at the diner …
with eyes cast down
the old couple
sits in silence

space S.M. Kozubek - USA
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