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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 12, Number 1, March 2018

Kendall Lott
Bloomington, Indiana, USA

I'll Take Mine Black – Perhaps

Raised at home with my grandfather I admired much about him and mimicked his behaviors. Delighted, he'd flash a toothless grin.

As a teenager and in early adulthood, I drank coffee like PawPaw – black, bitter. I wanted to test my tastebuds, wanted to have the feeling of conquering, handling the worst – like a grown-up.

In middle age I added cream – softening the effects, and then in old age, sugar, sweetening this stage of my life.

I wish I could again fathom drinking the darkest black the world has to offer.

hanging onto
a twig in the wind . . .
a monarch chrysalis



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