It’s dusk and the old electric heater is trying its four bars.
was a nonsense of guesswork and guile
writing a letter with my right hand.
The room is slowly losing its chill. The cat spills herself onto my lap
if you were happy here,
How long do you think it will be until I can sleep?
Johanna Emeney works as an English teacher at her alma mater, Kristin School, in Albany, Auckland. She recently returned to New Zealand with her husband, David, her best souvenir, after fourteen years in England. ‘Making Contact’ grew from contemplation of the fact that she now lives about two kilometres from her childhood home, deep in the bowl of the valley. She is delighted to be a permanently returned godwit.
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