‘homoe’ is part of a six-poet series presented alongside NIDANights in the Peril x NIDA Melbourne event collaboration, ‘You Are Not Here’.



she blowdries her hair the same time as vacuuming

she thinks the leaves are coming in

she wears orange as if it is home, if not home then a home in knowing

she means what she wants when she says her time has passed

she asks me to take her skirt off when we kiss in the spare room

she asks me to put ½ teaspoon more cream in her coffee

she asks me how I feel when I wake and she is all I feel

she lives in water like water is our author

she holds my hand with three fingers and a thumb

she misses a spot as she vacuums and she returns

Ellen van Neerven

Author: Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven is a Mununjali Yugambeh writer from South East Queensland, currently living in Melbourne. Ellen's books include Heat and Light (UQP, 2014), which won several national awards, and a recent poetry collection Comfort Food (UQP, 2016).

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