Title: July

Author: Emily Perkins

In: Sport 14: Autumn 1995

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, April 1995, Wellington

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 14: Autumn 1995

Emily Perkins — July

page 112

Emily Perkins


He’s arrived, and the three of us
lie on the bed.

I open my eyes to see the sky
over the balcony wall. A water tank
on someone else’s building.
The red geraniums I haven’t watered.
Everything still.

You’re on the other side of him,
breathing, and he’s breathing too.

It’s Independence Day. Firecrackers
bang under cars.
Alarms go off. Shouts, etcetera.
We don’t know
what we’re doing next week.

Does it matter, you ask,
if we miss all the fireworks?

And this is the way it is for a while,
with interruptions.