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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. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

ignis fatuus.

with a burst of resolve, he lifts his chin

the effigy could be melting, pooling at his soles

an afternoon in august, some year past

a heap of clean white, discarded shirts

still, the silhouette of a bird

singing coyly above

a browning bush, her leaves curling away

from the blazing sun

she never could have turned

it wasn’t his fault, and he carried it all

sweat on his back, he lifts the last box

the infinite pavement could be the sea

the air could drown young souls

he pretends he can swim for the shore

© july 2011 heather brager

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