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Bond and Free

Love has earth to which she clings With hills and circling arms about— Wall within wall to shut fear out. But Thought has need of no such things, For Thought has a pair of dauntless wings.    On snow and sand and turf, I see Where Love has left a printed trace With straining in […]

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Locked Out

When we locked up the house at night, We always locked the flowers outside And cut them off from the window light. The time I dreamed the door was tried And brushed with buttons upon sleeves, The flowers were out there with the thieves. Yet nobody molested them! We did find one nasturtium Upon the […]

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The Maple Tree Inn

The Maple Tree Inn started life as a rich man’s farmhouse. “Old Nick’s a rich man, indeed,” my father told me. “He won’t eat hot dogs.” We lived over the ridge from Nick and there was a rolling pasture where I’d train my binoculars on Nick as he hobbled about on his cane. One day […]

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Cora

I realised I was the last person awake, apart from the hosts, so I prepared to leave. They weren’t having any of it – they gave me a couple of sofa cushions and insisted that I crash in the spare room, if I could find any floor space. I got up and wove my way […]

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Kodak Moment

Donny stared vacantly at his estranged uncle Lorenzo. He noticed how makeup had tried to mask his uncle’s dark-skinned goateed face. It looked made of candle wax. Donny was in this same position last week, peering down at his uncle, but not in a funeral home. It was in the backyard of his childhood home […]