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

Volume 13, Number 3, September 2019

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Marilyn Ashbaugh
Edwardsburg, Michigan, USA

In Desperation, I Resort to Crime

Like any good thief, I obsess about details. Dad smokes Viceroys and keeps his pack on a table beside his chair. I study the placement of the flip-top pack and the Zippo lighter placed on it, never beside it. When no one is in the room, I count the cigarettes in the pack and, if nearly full, I remove one. Cigarettes, like trust, are fragile, but I keep one with me at all times, even at school. You never know.

pear tree
in the fallen fruit
a wasp