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Grey Sparrow Journal

Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Sunday Paper



Mom fell and broke her hip

slipped on wet grass on the front lawn

while getting the Sunday paper


neighbor called 911

hip surgery, rehab, infections, ICU


I call her,

I rush on a plane, wake her up

but she dies


Dad cancels the paper subscription

buys a tablet on-line from Wal-Mart

learns to touch the screen

read the paper

but we can’t touch her anymore.


-Jules Nyquist