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Holy Cow By John J. Petrolino III

Just a small dash of milk to my coffee
lifts the heat and takes away bitterness.
At five Ante Meridiem,
the universe cracks open, light and warmth
Spread across the Verdant Mountain valley.

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A MOMENT OF FIREFLIES BY JOHN MCCLUSKEY (EXCERPT)

Michael looked at his watch and saw that it was time to leave for ten-thirty Mass. Lily remained in the bedroom, the door closed. A few sleepy sounds could be heard from Meggy’s bedroom. David felt relieved that his mother would have to stay home with Meggy again; he did not want to see the whole family together in one place just yet…

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ONE DIARY AND TWO CARS BY MARY BETH O’CONNOR

She cautioned us about the large green containers at the supermarket, “Until you girls turn five, I can put you in that bin and send you back to the Used Kids Store. Some parents do it for no reason at all, but I will only return you if you keep disobeying me.”

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HEAVENLY BY DANIEL L. LINK

“You’ve got to take me,” she said, reaching across the table and taking my hand; “I need to go.” It was getting harder all the time for me to keep the pain from showing. My Lorraine, Lord bless her. I didn’t want that on her conscience, not on top of everything else.

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FOREVER BLOSSOMING BY DAN CORFIELD

I remembered how in Vietnam, even inside the camp, the cherry blossoms came and went, came and went. I stood there in the shade and watched this all again, the opening buds, the falling away.

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In the End: Climax By Mario Duarte

Rescue nothing but the fierce wings fluttering on the horizon—or our clamoring words above the abyss—in the end: bow to the radiance of la boca—sweat beading on the upper lip. Ultimately, we are only the meager cohorts of...

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