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still life

by Colby Caldwell

"We walked to a crest, and my grandfather whispered, "I think you are going to get one today." On cue, a squirrel darted across a branch not twenty yards in front of us. But beyond that was another, at about 75 yards. I sighted my gun on the further away one, and squeezed the trigger."

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A Passage through the Green World

by Ali McGhee

"Mayapple.  Jack in the Pulpit. Solomon’s Seal.  Trillium, blazing scarlet like a beating heart.  We lifted each from its patch of earth and carried it like a sacred thing to our little plot, encircled with stones from the creek, which was teeming with new spring life."