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    these are the days of miracle and wonder
    this is the long distance call . . .
    — Paul Simon, “The Boy in the Bubble”

    I know I’ve been away . . .
    I have seen many things
    walking in our neighborhood
    in conversations at church
    and around tables at the pub
    I even have stories to tell –
    but tonight I write to say
    the path from wonder to words
    has been a bit cluttered
    by stories I’ve collected and
    kept that they might ripen
    like the blackberries
    in the backyard
    so close to their season

    Peace,
    Milton

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