The Notched Wing

Helen Tara Hughes – Poetry, Fiction, Film, Phantasms


it is the phone call allotted to me
with no space for my voice he
spouts my philosophies back to me
speaking with care as if i
need fixing

since i escaped he has whitewashed the walls
hidden my scribbles beneath
and now rewrites them word for word
never knowing he is
only tracing

pedantic lists of bad things to come
from the man once happy to make me laugh each day
once happiest standing beneath blooming trees
happiest now in the cement of his
own making

breathless in the mud beyond
sheer prison walls i’d never seen
lucky for the many who showed me the map
the tunneled route below our cage
just waiting

he who caressed my thigh on the lawn
she who said i could survive anything
the outsiders knew the yards were few
from a sentence for life
to sanctuary

by tara hughes

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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