The Notched Wing

Helen Tara Hughes – Poetry, Fiction, Film, Phantasms

Final Days of Grace

we women who
cover our noble skins
went running in the woods and paths
leading the long way to
the beach.

crunching sand beneath our feet
now freed from the slavery of shoes
we walked the rank and file,
towels, sandals, coolers, kids
the gauntlet of hippies and booze.

past the throng, we thinned away
faded in the distance -
only we two marching a long lost curve
narrowing us out towards
the lonely spit of sand.

you stripped off your uniform
let your elfin body breathe
whiteness and pink porcelain
walked into the gleaming waves
the cut-out doll, receding.

resplendent in your fragility,
burned by the sun, kissed by the sea
you headed for a place only you could see.
it was then i knew we were done and through
and you were lost to me.

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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