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December 2008, vol 4 no 4

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Adelaide Shaw


Little Boy Alone

He dumps a bag of plastic soldiers on the grass. Sets them up. Green here, brown there. Lying prone, he moves them this way and that, knocking down some, repositioning others. In a loud whisper or shout, he simulates sounds of battle. Zitz. Zitz. Bang! WHAM! A sweep of his hand, and all the soldiers are flattened.

With slow movements he stands and walks away.

playground slideľ
after going backward
he high-fives himself

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