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"Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard." Anne Sexton 

Heather Brager is a critically acclaimed juggler of calamity, an accomplished procrastinator, and shuffler of idioms. Her poetry and drawings can be found in various digital and print journals around the globe, and on the web.  She currently resides in New England and prefers the precipice of where the Atlantic meets the sand to the official looking office where she spends most of her time. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

another afternoon.

there is a pretty woman walking
briskly, she darts by the apples

it is crowded with distracted shoppers
my boy’s hand is gripped in mine

she doesn’t look to either side
but briefly at her watch and a list

I notice her trendy high heels
and wonder if she has a date

maybe an appointment
to have her hair cut and styled

maybe it’s the first time they'll meet
or she's seeing an old client

I feel my ring with my thumb
reach to touch my son’s hair

he wrinkles his nose and
says “you’ll mess it up”

© june 2011 heather brager


  1. There is an interesting aspect here with regard to you wondering if she's meeting someone for the first time, then later touching your ring, then one of your boys saying "you'll mess it up." Could easily be the wisdom of a child speaking about something other than hair.

    But not in this case. :)

  2. Loved this! You're quite observant and aware of your surroundings. I also love the sentiment between you and "your boy". :)