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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. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016


in the strangling moments before waking 
I have been hunted by the shadows
whispering beside the bed
premonitions borrowed 
until my eyes adjusted to the light

with a pencil I have drawn pain
in the eyes of others
she who could see through you 
while I erased the darkness
defining our contrast

I have stared down loneliness 
peering out from the corners 
I have stood close beside you 
smothered and alone 

I have walked a path
tracing the terrible ascent 
from beneath the foundation 
I have retraced our steps,
finding a way back to sunlight
before waking to a blackened ceiling 

why could you not hear me
over the whispers of shadows
you writhed in the moments before waking
my warmth was out of reach 
while you were hiding from the sun

© 1.24.2016 heather brager

1 comment:

  1. Some questions are never meant to be answered, or, for no good reason, not answered... Either way, they become open ended...

    Stark poem, Heather.