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Issue # 3 January 2011
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Joan Page-Durante

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"If you live long enough, you'll succumb
to something," the muse said as she brushed
my hair. Sparks splashed from the bristles
dancing and lingering in the soft light.

Then she was gone
leaving me to consider my future —
no, my present, as if consideration
could change things.

A whisp of wind blew through
the open window teasing the starlight
from my hair back into the night sky,
neither warm nor cold, blanketing me
with the smell of lotus and lilac.