The Notched Wing

Helen Tara Hughes – Poetry, Fiction, Film, Phantasms

The Lock and the Key that Released Me

at the end of our illicit affair,
i stopped to see you in your lair -
i was heading through the mountains,
and the treads on my tires were bare.

papers on sunday with coffee strong,
tussling under covers, none of it wrong -
sweeter for that, in our lives yet untold,
there was the sense it would soon be gone.

you sheltered me and gave me a floor
after so much pain gone just before -
you couldn’t know, and i never would spill,
our stolen riches denied we were poor.

i’ll never forget you standing in the door
as i drove off that night, into the storm -
strong enough to love me so,
and strong enough to let me go.

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 Backofthebook.ca, 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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