A Hundred Gourds 5:3 June 2016

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wintry gusts
rustle through eucalypts
amidst the thunder
in the wood-fire warmth
the silence between us

space Samantha Sirimanne Hyde - Australia
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will not work this time
I check my notes
and practise
all the ways to leave you

space Keitha Keyes - Australia
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    I have a raft
and a long sharp stick
            to push me away
you crossed your arms
and would not speak of love

space Sue Colpitts - Canada
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the kiss
that never happened –
at times
we can lose our direction
even in the Milky Way

space Maria Tomczak - Poland
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  knuckles sheathed
and footprints stomped
into the mud …
he left in the storm
without closing the door

space Gavin Austin - Australia
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    final walk-through
matching keys to locks
not surprised
to find some doors
we’d never opened

space Sally Biggar - USA
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