The Notched Wing

Helen Tara Hughes – Poetry, Fiction, Film, Phantasms

Demerol and Desire

The one time I was administered Demerol by IV,
The Doctor stayed by my side, just looking at me.

And when it hit, the last thing I remember
is saying to his big brown eyes, ever so sweetly,

“You ever see the wind bend a field of wheat
as it moves across a field? This feels like that
to me. You are the wind, I am the wheat.
You are the wind, I am the wheat…”

That’s the only pretty part of that event.
It’s the only part I’ll repeat.

But some people make me feel that way.
To this very day.

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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