The absolute babes over at Popshot Magazine published one of my poems in their online journal of their 15th edition – The Adventure Issue!
I heard about these guys at the start of the year and quickly fell in love. When I saw that they had open submissions for the 15th issue, I knew I had to give it a go. And the theme was Adventure! My favourite kind of thing. And I knew I had a poem that fit.
If you know me, you’ll know that my imagination is all sorts of weird. In a good this-gives-me-loads-to-play-with kind of way. I think it has something to do with being called Gretel. Original non-disneyfied fairytales are so twisty and weird and I love the. That’s where the idea of this poem came from. I wanted to take something quite normal (the nighttime) and turn it into an adventure. A deep, dark, end of the world adventure. It’s about letting go, being true and seeing who you really are.
Alongside my poem was a beautiful illustration by Rachel Orme. Check out what I wrote below:
In the envelope of the night sky
you whispered that we’re all the same,
for tonight our sins will seal shut
in grand sweeping chaos.
So I let the twisted hands
of oak creep across my body,
repenting my misfortunes to
the milk dusted stars in the heavens above.
It doesn’t matter what has happened now,
we’re all the same, between
our pearled teeth
and bloodied tongues.
We howl out to the deep,
curdling our voices until
nothing is left, but
crumbled ashes at feet.
The night has devoured us,
pitied our longings,
ripped from our souls the
wrong we have done.