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July 2014, vol 10, no 2

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Tom Painting


We can’t continue meeting like this at a corner table in a dark café – in my old hometown where I come to visit my aged mother twice a year – rekindling the past into present tense expectations. Forty years is a long time to keep from being forgotten. And so, when the waitress happens by and asks if everything is all right, I’m not quite sure how to answer.

first light
a cooled drip
of candle