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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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