a square veggie plot at the back
beneath the long narrow Cyprus tree
inside the tin, a key
of men and the legs of a maiden aunt
vascular system, tubulous
beneath the water table of her skin
legs turned mermaids tail or tadpole
is that not like a breath
on a hospital pillow
I think of the age of the cough
between sheets in a linen cupboard
in the back of a taxi.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michele Amas’ After the Dance was a finalist in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2007, and nominated for the Prize in Modern Letters in 2008. She is currently working towards her second collection with the working title Follow After.