Coming soon

Writing by Kirsten Twigg. Illustration by Emily Donelly.

Coming soon,

Two words that sing a cruel lullaby to my youth.

In them I used to hear the future buzz

With promised trips to the movie theatre.

But now all I hear is threat,

A knife against my throat,

And a timer ticking down to zero.


When did excitement change to fear?

I’ve always thought foreboding was a funny word -

The ‘before’ is always the worst part.


The act of being,

Existing in static confusion,

While politicians in green ties and black suits

Snap our rose-tinted glasses into pieces.


I will close my window before I sleep,

Too scared to hear the world whisper.

Because in that sound,

All I hear is two words.


The end.

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