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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Joseph Hutchison

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On the Cusp of a Dream

He knows that iron clank is the flue's
damper yanked open and shut by the gale,

not the armor of giants in the next valley
tramping into battle. But he huddles

under the covers in case one straddles
the house and bends to squint hungrily

in through the rattling panes. The man,
though gray-haired, grits his teeth—

the haunted child still cringing in him.