Kate Gough


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His eyes leak tears
of coffee and gin.
He's afraid to peak
at his lovers fading grin.
His tortoise shell glasses
are smudged and blurry.
The fear like molasses,
He wishes it would hurry.
by uneasiness,
just give him an answer.
Does he crave
the neediness?
He'd rather romance her.
He's now in space,
where the stars are
A love erased
by his wish for
One day he'll look back,
not a pillar of salt.
He'll take some prozac,
and say it's not his fault.

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Listen to the audio version.

The bird only moves in spastic jolts
like an old stop motion animation,
he jitters
unless he is flying.
Writing the word down,
she couldn't understand.
The pain,
What an impossible
She watches the bird,
as her body lurches forward
from the pain
How could she learn to fly,
with the weight of that word
pushing against her spine?


Kate Gough is a Calgary based poet and a member of the online poetry community. Her work deals with the modernizing of romantic literary sensibilities and explores recovery from chronic illness and trauma. She participated in a community poetry event "Escapril", publishing narrated poetry every day for a month on Youtube. She continues to push herself with creative challenges, through the creation of two chapbooks about her experiences with mental and physical health. Secondly, Salt and Bird were recently featured on disabilitypridealberta.com as a part of their "Disability Stories" segment.