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The Delmarva Review: Morning Paper by John Palen

MORNING PAPER By John Palen If it hasn’t come when I wake at dawn, I start the coffee, look again while it brews and again after the first cup. I never hear the paper carrier’s car, it rolls by so stealthily, so I keep going back, peering through curtains at the quiet street of middle-class homes. In one, a Vietnam veteran with panic attacks; in another frightened parents of a 22-year-old who disarms roadside bombs in Ghazni. Next door, an old man who lost family, aunts, uncles, cousins, in the Holocaust. And still my heart lifts -- dismayed at … [Read More...]