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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, March 14, 2012


she watches the envelope slide
into the mailbox
dirty blue metal, screwed down tight
she imagines the wind catching the paper
and she holds on between her fingers and palm
planning the path it would take

a paper airplane, an air stream
the romanticism of the pony express
pounding across the high plains but no,

just some tractor trailer rolling along
down a dusty highway
between cities, middle America

she climbs back into the car
a short drive across town to
find a hot cup of coffee
she will make it through the afternoon

Miles Davis playing
melancholy, chaotic poetry
with broken cadence, often
barely rhythmic

she memorizes the score
driving too slowly
studying patterns of shifting
Cirrus arrangements across the sky
the blue breaking through

© 3.14.12 heather brager


  1. Love the first two stanzas, especially.. :)

  2. My heart goes with you, mother of two beautiful boys.