Ophelia

Mercedes Webb-Pullman
She lies in a stream near a willow. Shadows flicker
where dragonflies hover over midges.

The shells of her ears, floating half-hidden
in the secret weeds of her hair, hear nothing.

Her sightless gaze reflects a fish-eye image;
filigree of shade and sky,

all of time since Caesar’s mind moved in silence,
a long-legged fly.  


Mercedes Webb-Pullman was born in Kaitaia and attended Colenso High School, Napier. She left New Zealand in 1969, for Australia and USA, and returned to care for her mother in 2008.

She gained Diploma of Creative Writing from Whitireia in 2009, IIML Victoria MA in Creative Writing in 2011. She lives on the Kapiti coast, and reads at open mic sessions, recently at Pegasus Books in Wellington as a featured poet.

Her work has appeared in Turbine, 4th Floor, Swamp, Reconfigurations, The Electronic Bridge, Otoliths, Connotations, The Red Room, Typewriter, and Cliterature, among others, and in her books.


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