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Volume XXIX | Issue 1 | 2015

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From "Sympathy for the Devil" (pp. 23-4)

by Charles Wyatt

I decided to make a circuit of the pond. Perhaps we would stumble on Thoreau’s cabin, and he would pour us tea or show us that trick of pocketing crickets frozen in ice and then having them hop about after the thaw. ┬áThere were patches of delicate ice where the water was shallow. I thought I saw small frogs but my eyes have reached the stage where I nearly always see small frogs, and most of them indoors. There were stretches of shoreline where the dense brush and small trees had woven down to the water’s edge and presented an impenetrable barrier. These we circled around and out-flanked. When we were on the far side of the pond, one large copse caused us to make an excessive detour which involved crossing a deep gully, stepping on rocks, or wading in mud, depending upon personal preference, or in some cases, personal misfortune. We climbed up the other side of the gully, and Lucy alerted me with her warning bark, a kind of sotto voce “whuff,” a sound both discreet and alarming.

Between us and the lake shore (the body of water had suddenly become more imposing) stood a man in a posture of authority, legs spread and one hand holding an impressive walking stick. The sun was behind him so I couldn’t make out his features, but he seemed to be garbed in the standard Orvis outdoorsman regalia. The groundskeeper? Another eccentric faculty fisherman? No. He had no gear besides that staff. An escapee from Henry James? Lucy whined, a call for action. We had been standing and staring at each other long enough for my feet to have begun sliding back down the side of the gully.

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Begun by novelist and short-story writer Dr. Terry Dalrymple in 1986, Concho River Review is a biannual literary journal published by the Department of English and Modern Languages at Angelo State University. Since its inception, CRR has prided itself on publishing some of the finest short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from both emerging and established authors. Although originally designed as a forum for Texas writers, over the years its reach and interests have extended well beyond Texas and the Southwest.