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Pat Hegnauer

About this Christian Poet:
Pat Hegnauer has been an acting teacher, producer, actress and director. She founded and produced four theaters in Newport, RI, and acted as artistic director for 2nd Story Theater for twenty years.

Presently she's a playwright and poet. Her plays have been produced in Providence, RI, at Perishable Theater, 2nd Story Theater, and in New York City at The Raw Space, and Tribeca Theater. Her plays have had staged readings at University of Rhode Island, where she won Best New Playwright award in 1996 and 1997, the Middleboro Arts Festival, Middleboro, MA, and the Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theater, Providence, RI.

Pat's poems have been published in The Crone's Nest, Scriveners Pen, Moon Dance, The Newport Review, Skywriters Literary Journal, and The Great Swamp Gazette. Her first chapbook, A Few Uncompromised Letters, was just published by the Premier Poets Chapbook series.

St. Michael's Bells

I sleep in frail sheets
of noiseless white
glazing a flaked pattern
on the windows,

their perimeters of moon
light a flurry of shadows
on the bed. I wake hourly
for St. Michael's bells
tolling the depth of snow

then cozy down in feathers
warm pillowed with one
ear welcoming the lull
of chained tires crunching
through the growing drifts.

Muffled cars and drivers
plow paths down Hope Street
dreaming of sleighs and horses
beneath the blanketed bells
telling me He watches.

                   Copyright©2003 by Pat Hegnauer