MADELEINE MANGLARAS


Naarm Melbourne / Screenwriter Self-isolation
Madeleine Manglaras is a writer from the Adelaide Hills living in Melbourne’s inner West. She is currently pursuing her PhD in micro budget filmmaking at Victoria University.



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It's Day One of isolation and we’re in it together. We drink our own cans of beer. We smoke our own cigarettes. I am desperate for your lips to meet mine. This is all I think about. Whatever you've got, I’ll have. But this would not be isolation. This would be the opposite. We dance around each other, from a distance. We say good night, unsatisfied. And then I wake up, within my dream, to your body over mine. Elbows on my pillow, forearms framing my face. My heart is a rock in my throat, and I cannot speak. You kiss me, but as you do, your face disappears. It is replaced by a blinding, white and glittering light. Your kiss is unreal, but you are gone, and I wake. Love is worth unveiling. Whatever you’ve got, I’ll have.


(16/3/2020)