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By Nancy Wahl 1. Time was large once, roomy parabolas around long, slow days that wound through corridors between anticipations.  You could scream at the top of your lungs allee allee oxen free with your friends throwing brown rubber balls over rooftops, or sit for hours on green lawns building miniature cairns out of colored bits of glass, arranging them in orbits like stars. Pick bunchy little dandelions and wonder why, always why, the yellow was magic.  Birthdays, Christmases, and summers were all coordinates outside Cartesian spaces, circled on predictable calendars. 2. Because he’s younger than we, our guide paces himself and motions us on as the trail gets steeper, twisting into narrow turns around glacier-polished rocks with shining surfaces ...


By Nancy Wahl She stood there, not tip-toe like Keats upon his little hill reaching for beauty, but all atwitter in white shorts and tennies on my front porch.  So much brightness she was: her yellow blouse, sun reflected in her eyes, love of her new husband on her skin. They had planted a garden and, good neighbor, she was bringing me a basket of bright red vine-ripened tomatoes—her young bride’s smile rousing memories of my own beginnings—summers at Lake Tahoe, a first kiss: my Winandermere shores around which I would wander in youthful ecstasies, elated, with unbearable anticipations: fears growing like mountain lichen in my unconscious—always the sense there must be endings.  On a television documentary, a young woman in ...


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