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Blue  

On learning of your father's nearness
to death I light another
cigarette, inhale the
thought, search for
comforting words. I filter
cliches, find none
to alter what a lifetime of
smoking creates.

So I sit, exhaling circles
blue questions - how's it going?
how much longer? how can you cope
knowing good-bye is imminent?

When you call, whispering,
he's gone, it's over,
I sputter sympathy, butt
cigarette in ashtray,
and pray
my children won't watch
tobacco take my last breath.



by Bernadette L. Wagner

Big John by Elizabeth Lyle
"Big John"
by Elizabeth Lyle

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Until very recently, I worked at home, raising my children and trying to squeeze out writing time. Currently, I'm the Internet Resource Centre Co-ordinator at the YWCA of Regina, a member of the Board of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, chair of the Connaught Community Playground Project and I'm still trying to squeeze out writing time. I've had some success: I have had work published in CV2, SEEDS and Agniezka's Dowry and have work upcoming in _Room of One's Own_, a feminist literary journal.

   
 
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