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Grey Sparrow Journal

Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Upstate New York, Ralph R. Smith

CHIRPS FROM THE SPARROW

 

Nasturtiums and chrysanthemums are still in bloom; orange, gold, red—burning, blazing on the edge of short October light. North sloping winds ruffle raw silk petals as they struggle and blow free, dancing the waltz with seared maple, tumbling, rolling, rumbling down Hilltop Road, past the split rail fence, the old wagon wheel, gathering in the ravine as the sun bursts fast exploding hills and dales.  

 

In this fall light, deep appreciation is extended to our guest artist Richard Levine; paintings filled with symmetry and grace, Aggie Zivaljevic for her brilliant flash, and photographer Julian J. Jackson with his glimpse of home.  Sometimes writing, art, photography linger... long past that  moment of comprehension.  Ann Douglas’s poetry speaks to days that breeze by like a soft zephyr.  Rich Ives shares a mystifying story I'm confident you'll enjoy along with all the Sparrow writing this issue.

   

I've called out a few individuals, but let me assure you, all are respected and loved.  Crisp, beautiful writing is subtly revealed, as our authors and artists slide on the edge of a cool day.

 

Seamus Heaney, it's hard to say goodbye.  May the angels dance with you in heaven.

 

                                                                         -Diane Smith