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Milestone by Robert James Berry
published in Volume 6, Issue 1 on March 1st, 1999

The daub of cracked colonial paint

points a moonfaced thumb


into indian ink night

into a cradle of snakes


creepers knot nightmare hands

wings murmur like rumour


No provident winter plants,

Tendrils tap at the window


On the bare boards beside her

The gilt mirror

where she mourns


Her age looks in


The tight mouth tells no secrets

breath clouds the glass


She holds her white candle

to the prowling dark

the chattering shanties


She has left her gray woman's soul at the milestone

A hungry ghost

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