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July Journal #5

by Don Mager

July Journal #5

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Picture by Creative Commons

May 19, 2014









A glass half full of good Shiraz sits on

the deck rail long after the other glass,

the conversation and four bare feet

have moved inside.  The time has come when

mosquitoes, no longer pacified

by heavy air, hunger for blood, and it

has gone. The sun’s last shafts strike garnets

ablaze in the wine where two sluggish hornets

flail.  A small slug and its mica trail

inch up toward the lip. The candle, sput-

tering to a wad of dried pink slime

like chewed discarded bubble gum, dies

on the redwood table in its cup.


Image courtesy of Lesley via Creative Commons.


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