On the fallen stone
the lead lettering of ‘died’
the rest of the story
has dropped out
leaving only the peg holes of memory.
from Remembering a Place I’ve Never been: the past in three voices (Cold Hub Press, 2018)
Heather Bauchop was born in San Francisco to Scottish parents who migrated to New Zealand in 1972. She is a public historian living in Dunedin. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in a number of journals. She won Takahe‘s 2016 short story competition.