Abstract Space: While the air is still warm

Abstract Space:  While the air is still warm

While the air is still warm
while beads of sweat still trickle down between
the blades of my shoulders
and my fingers still smell of you
while my husband is out driving, grim faced
kicking up dust somewhere
fists around the steering wheel
loveless and cold
while the approaching clouds have not managed to seal me in yet
this listless and sad day that wants to lie back in your arms
would do anything
and I mean anything
to bring you back
while the birds seem to be free, lining up on telephone poles
and the day ends and the lights switch on
and my best dress hangs in the cupboard
I will touch myself.

Megan Voysey-Braig

Megan Voysey-Braig is a South African writer, author of Till We Can Keep an Animal (Jacana, 2008), winner of 2007/2008 European Union Literary Award, shortlisted for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize – Africa, longlisted for the 2009 Sunday Times Fiction Prize. She currently lives in Berlin.