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20 sth

Writing by Niamh Melvin. Illustration by Polly Burnay.


These are the words of an almost 20 something

my life flashing by unknown and untrue

a wolf or a sheep

I feel at once old and anew

my childhood walks and recess

adulthood fails in her place

Possibility endless but determined

to get her I worked but was born

others are unlucky

Advocation for my pain is unfair

scaring away empathy

my ambition is lonely

a world full of almost 20 somethings

so many contradictions

so little earspace

we share an unprecedented space

yet we silence each other.


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