The Notched Wing

Helen Tara Hughes – Poetry, Fiction, Film, Phantasms


today, in Eglinton square,
there was an old lady with no motility
left in her wheelchair in the sun
for, I was told, all morning

someone noticed, and called the police,
who called a wheel trans,
who all tried to figure out
where she needed to be

she didn’t have the ability to speak
her back was bent over so far,
her lips almost touched her knees
and she trembled with palsy

the police looked in her purse
it hung on the back of her chair
no one knew how she’d gotten there
they gave her water, hovered in the air

people are helping
but i’ve nothing to do
i am just a passer by
with no authority and only
the feeling that something
has gone terribly

i went back to my desk and tried not to cry

what is wrong with everything?
who is she?
what does she have to say but can’t?
where is her family?

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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