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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

wander

and

play

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

head-shakers

tattletales.


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.


oh


look


now


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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