This volume is dedicated to the memory of our beloved IWS sister, Shelley Muzzy. Shelley’s death came as we prepared our latest Clover for publication. Her energy danced in life. We loved her and miss her laugh; chocolates she brought from Trader Joe’s for Tuesday night meetings; her stories from Indonesia and Thailand: and, all the fabrics she loved from Asia. Shelley’s novel-in-progress “Love & Haight,” was about the Summer of Love, 1967 San Francisco. It was nearly completed at the time of her passing. Shelley’s story in Clover, v. 12 is called “The Rat Man,” and it is from her memoir. Oh those would-be lovers who come with a rat on the shoulder and friends without noses.
I wrote an unattributed poem to close Clover. An image that caught my attention while we walked my two-week-old grandson through the park across the street from my daughter’s Brussels’ apartment. In the park are both a mosque and a Catholic church.
priest and imam
The littlest of images, but then I recall one of my favorite poems by Emily Dickinson:
“Hope” is the thing with feathers
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