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Summer 2009, vol 7 no 2


Pale Sunlight
Laryalee Fraser


I head for the hospital; trees are bare, the streets gritty. My neighbor is in the psych ward. She recognizes me, but can't remember what happened. I don't tell her she overdosed on prescription meds. Or that her doctor is worried about permanent brain damage.

She babbles about going outside. "The sunshine will make me better." Since she's not allowed to visit the courtyard alone, I agree to walk with her.

the simplicity
of white


poet Laryalee Fraser is a retired reporter/photographer, enjoying small-town life in British Columbia, Canada. She spends time with gardening, photography, writing, and visiting her grandchildren.

Lary's work has been in several online publications, and she has compiled an online anthology of haiku entitled "a procession of ripples":