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A Hundred Gourds 5:3 June 2016

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the nurse
draws more blood
from my vein …
a dried-up leaf
curls into itself

space Mary Davila - USA
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  well concealed
are the scars of your love …
dressed up
with pretty bandages
yet weeping in the darkness

space Gavin Austin - Australia
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    reminding me
if we both fell overboard
he’d save mom
the father who was absent
when I first learned to swim

space Autumn Noelle Hall - USA
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the clanging of boats
tethered to the dock
in high winds
echoes my longing
to cut loose and ride the waves

space Thelma Mariano - Canada
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  how can I not be
seduced by the rhythm
of this summer night?
the surging of waves on shore
the deep sighing through the trees

space Thelma Mariano - Canada
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    chimney smoke spirals
grasping stars
like the soft curl
of butter
around the knife

space Kathryn Ross - Australia
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