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Exponential Decay

By Maggie Kennedy “The orange tastes like a refrigerator,” my son says,spitting out his bite and pretending to gag,and though I have never tasted a refrigeratorI know what he means. The orange tastes like the plastic it was wrapped in.And though I have never eaten plastic,the conjured smell fills my…

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Numbers Woman

By John Grey Can you keep the 7to yourselfhere in this raging sea-storm,or on the mountain side,above the tree-line,when your fingers are impatientto be counting offyour sudden rise in heartbeats. Can you adds 6 to your don’t call list, and throw 5overboard at the first opportunity. Where vines creep and…

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Burning The Cane-Fields

By John Grey The job’s not done yet.The fields must be burnt clear. No patting sweaty backsas the last truck rolls down the roadway.Harvest is not the end. So, in the last of sun,the wicks are lit.The sky glows sparkling grayas flame moves inon slithering snakes, scurrying rats,crackling stalks and…

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Caged

by John Grey At this roadside attraction, a mountain lion in a cage is the main draw. Even behind bars, his ferocity dwarfs mine. I stare in big eyes, wonder what they want. The tempered growl, on the other hand, can only mean one thing. It’s not a prisoner’s grumble….

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Which Side I’m On

by John Grey I’m on the side of whoever is out there frolicking,whether it’s the otters like furry rolling pins in the riveror the young groundhogs darting from rock to rock,and whatever nibbles on something that beginsto grow back the minute it’s done feedinglike the deer or the hare or…

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This Measuring

by John Grey Is it just me or are the summers growing shorter, the winters longer? Have I become nothing more than an inveterate weatherman, disbelieving what the television, newspaper says, believing only . in the forecasts of my flesh, my bones? And I’m being loved shorter, unappreciated longer. And…

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These Anthropomorthic Days

by John Grey Raccoons stare at their reflection in the clear edge of the pond. “Wow we really do look like bandits.” Deer find an old water-logged paperback of Felix Salten’s “Bambi,” lick through its pages, never until then knew how capable they were of sorrow, despair and redemption. Thanks…

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