Sunday, September 16, 2012


This man with the sauce bottle
has great hands
his shirt a neon sign
but it suits his silver hair
carved, brushed skin.
I imagine undressing him
in a room
where he smiles
etches information
into our private sleep.
Perhaps we're drinking coffee
from each other's lips
buying chips and fish
enjoying layers of the day.
Then I return to my first draft
of Lake-side Friends.
The rest of my poem
I gift to him.


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Helen Hagemann's first literary collection, Evangelyne & other poems, was published by the Australian Poetry Centre in their New Poets Series 2009. 'of Arc & Shadow' is her second full collection published by Sunline Press. She has two e-books, The Joyous Lake & Par écrit: poetry of the feminine @​​docs/joyous_lake/


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