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Issue # 8 September 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Anne Hollier Ruddy has always liked to be by water - whether growing up by the sea in NZ, living close to the Thames in Surrey, UK for some years, back to the ocean in Auckland, then for 11 years near the Noosa River and at Bribie Island, Queensland. In 2011 she relocated to Auckland where she now writes poetry – within a short distance of the sea.

Anne Hollier Ruddy

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I remembered myself
as a nervous new mother
yet that filmclip shows
the assurance of youth.

My hair shines, the dress
is a buttercup bell.
You are swaddled tight
in a cocoon of winceyette.

Your head lolls heavy
as I raise you like a chalice –
I smile at the camera
our broken nights forgotten.