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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, May 18, 2016


that night she was left standing
darkness swallowed her hands and hair
in the black hole of a parking lot
the misplaced demons tempted
by fire and alcohol in her veins

she hunted contentment alone
shrouded in oblique metaphors
discarded words tangled at the shoreline
un-tethered and left for bait, but
still able to recall the sunlight

she denied acting a martyr
with surrender on her breath
carrying the beasts and their burdens
coveting luck and defiant worship

she longed for painless resurrection 

© 5.18.2016 heather brager


  1. No where to go, but up, from here. It will be a long journey, but one worth taking, where the highs will far outweigh the lows.

  2. I'm on my way up, Michael. Thank you.