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THIS IS A YEAR OF THE ROOSTER CONTEST ENTRY

THIS IS NOT A DRILL

Published by JIM HARSTAD | Friday, February 02, 2018 8:26 PM


100 words for February


8:07 a.m., Saturday, January 13, 2018

Dogs somewhere up the valley — three of them, if I hear correctly. One
hammers its bark, bark, bark drumbeat; another moans its sotto voce
personal agony accompaniment to the lead growler’s dark warnings
toward any who might seek to exploit this sudden vulnerability. No!
Way! Jo! Se!

Then they all stop.

The pause evokes a feeling of uncertainty toward an empty future,
filled only eventually by a solo coda, a surprisingly gentle
authentication signature, a loyal canine’s “. . . forever and ever,
Amen” equivalent.

Another silence.

A passenger jet on slow approach.

Chickens.

Doves.

Fall
      ing
           wa
               ter.



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