your vacation
by Julie Mahfood

these are long days without you no body pressed to my thighs no sighs of sleep your lips, not here to kiss early morning

nights come easier push myself into sleep dreams run thick like cream

I await your phone call the long smooth pull of your voice way it curls a r o (me) u n d keeps me close

Julie Mahfood is a writer and editor who was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Past projects include being copy editor for the magazine Xtreme Body Mod and editor of the children's books Thanks, Aunt Zelda! Thank-you cards for kids to craft (Lobster Press: 2002) and Make Things Happen (Lobster Press: 2003). Currently, Julie is hosting a quarterly reading series called W.I.R.E. for Montreal's West Island writers, as well as raising her two preschool-aged children. Julie's work has previously appeared in the following: Friendly Erotica, The Antigonish Review, Room (of One's Own), Telling Stories: New English Stories From Quebec (VĂ©hicule Press), and on the CD DuBref Session 1: Spoken word anthology. She lives with her family near Montreal.