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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. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

a private memory.

I am not writing a memoir
with you, or with him
but loss to fire
theft to drowning under the bridge
over the clouds
please temper your wings

love to love, loss to love
another chapter passed to flames
swallowing my words
while I am vilified
licking my fingers
abandoning all perspective

didn’t your heart twist around
fleeing from panic
through the open windows
through my fingertips
carrying all of my emotions

the lead and anvil
shining stones, and fervor
woven through our smiling teeth
the backs of our necks
with careful, dying cadence

didn’t our voices
vanish into thin air
through grace and thunder
water and smoke
to stroke you inside
out and asleep

© 5.31.2016 heather brager

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