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Issue # 7 May 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Rowan Taigel is an English and Creative Writing teacher from Hamilton, New Zealand. She was the featured poet in the NZ Poetry Society's journal, A Fine Line, in March 2012. She endeavours to practise what she preaches by writing as often as possible in her spare time.

Rowan Taigel


Domestic Bliss

If I could
I'd make you visit
the orang-utans
at the local zoo.

You'd watch the female picking
leaves and twigs from her mate's hair
and see him crush
mud into hers.

You'd hear her murmur
as she rocked herself
while he screamed
and scratched his red behind.

You'd lean back and gape
as she pressed an apple into his hand
while he slung his faeces towards the wires.

And as you watched, I'd be watching you.