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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. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

camera obscura.



driving down hampshire street
passing quiet and empty pubs
strangers opening doorways
near the starlight lounge
I remember the book with a red cover
left in the hands of a beautiful stranger
he is soon to marry
and I am still driving 
down hampshire street 

I see now, more than ever
you are the same as you ever were
and couldn't be more distant
stripped-down, your light gives to lies
and where do I go, where do I go 
when I feel everything 
and know nothing

this man, lost soul hovering above me
I would rearrange my books
this cup of coffee, rye in a glass with a square ice cube
I realize now that searching takes me nowhere
everything I need will find me
the skeleton key is no longer trapped 
inside the kingdom
and I gave you a damn good reason to stay


© 5.2.2016 heather brager

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