The Notched Wing

Helen Tara Hughes – Poetry, Fiction, Film, Phantasms

Silent Night

Tonite I went for a walk in the rain. It was 11 pm and the sidewalks were empty.

I counted the time between the lightening flashes and the thunder claps – 8 seconds, 5 seconds, 4 seconds – as the storm got closer and the rain got thicker.

But i felt safe under my umbrella.

I love this city when it is deserted – rare moments, these. Walking in late rainy evenings, or cycling downtown on early Sunday mornings, the furious pace of Toronto disappears.

I find it magical.

Author: smallboy

Helen Tara Hughes is a writer, producer and actor. An award-winning theatre performer, she cut her teeth in classical and new work at major theatres across Canada, including the Stratford Festival. Her first taste of documentary work – a POV radio documentary for CBC’s ‘Outfront’ – gave her the documentary bug, and in 2009 she transitioned into Producing with the feature documentary, Goodness in Rwanda. As a writer, she has been published by, Eros Digest, and TWISI, and has a book of short stories that will be published in the fall of 2012. As a filmmaker, she creates short films based on poetic writing. She moonlights as an Asst Producer and Coordinator for documentary, factual, and independent films, and is developing a slate of her own media projects for 2013.

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