Breath & Shadow

A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

Winter 2015

Volume 12 Issue 1



Breath and Shadow
  Winter 2015

Volume 12 Issue 1
I have painted

By Margarita Tenser

I have painted

round the legs of furniture

it was so heavy, and my hands so tired

(I forgot.)

Now there is wet paint between

me and the door

through which I should have hauled this chest of drawers

and this coffee table. Press

on! Do not

lose focus




checkers on the internet

or read about Sidney Newman’s foiled attempt

at a female Doctor Who, and end up

with a floor half-done

forever. Doggedly

press on, although I know

that now there will be outlines

if I rearrange;

beige ghosts of living past



Decide to paint the bald spots later

maybe do them

in another colour, so it’s artsy

and stuff. Although

I know

I won’t.




I have painted myself

into a corner.

Margarita Tenser is a Ukrainian-born Aussie who harbours an irrational dislike of chocolate, works in a television-adjacent industry and spends a lot of time procrastinating on writing. Her poetry has been published in Voiceworks, Strange Horizons and Stone Telling, and her official blog can be found at http://thepresenttenser.wordpress.com.

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