Sochi is proud to host the Winter Olympics, 2014



I am only watching from a distance,

Wellington is home.

Here, I discover the problem with kissing:


In St Petersburg, warming

a lover’s hands in the sharp winter air is defiant.

meanwhile; cocooned by the South Pacific

her mouth is soft –

we are in public.







Henrietta Bollinger is a poet, playwright and columnist, based in Wellington, New Zealand. She is also an accidental Sociology student and a feminist. Her poems have been published in Redraft, Starling and Mimicry journals. Her plays have been performed in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. She is new to Scum.

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