A Hundred Gourds 3:4 September 2014

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no heart
to strip the wallpaper
behind his bookshelf
lions and tigers
in a nursery long ago

space Keitha Keyes - Australia
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  breaking up
my jigsaw puzzle
piece by piece
I’m torn

space Susan Burch - USA
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    the first time
my mother told me
fix it yourself
I put a band-aid on
my own skinned knee

space Carole Johnston - USA
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they will grow up
timid, ruined children
in the shadows
of their parents' anger …
the sudden wing-beat of a hawk

space Stewart C Baker - USA
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  dead ladybugs
on the sill
what I don’t say
scribbled on
the therapist’s pad

space Terri French - USA
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    the scent
of petrichor seeps
into the room
as though my silent tears
were not enough

space Shloka Shankar - India
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