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

Volume 13, Number 1, March 2019
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Keith Polette
El Paso, Texas, USA


The Choice

Something there is that does not love a wall.
—Robert Frost, “Mending Wall”

Fifteen years ago, a wild cotton tree took root in the plot of land just behind the rock wall in my yard. The tree has grown to a height of over fifty feet, and its roots have begun pushing against the wall, causing a severe curvature. If nothing is done, the wall will topple; it’s only a matter of time. So, the choice: take out the tree or lose the wall.

sound of chopping
my daughter asks me
if trees have feelings

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