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

Volume 13, Number 4, December 2019
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Peter Jastermsky
Morongo Valley, California, USA


Omen

We were sharing peeks at the same used book cart, he and I, when I whipped my right arm around and stepped away.

He half-looked at me, and before he could escape, I confessed. I thought a wasp was on me.

We both looked down, and, there, in place of a wasp, was something green and leggy.

A praying mantis.

That was on you? He was intrigued now. It’s good luck, you know, when they land on you.

True or not, I accepted his explanation, and went back to browsing.

A praying mantis!

Sometimes, good luck doesn’t feel so good.

silent cue
opening up
to breath

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