Only Children

Only Children

In a group of girls heading home 
	from a day trip to the city,
		the one with the biggest shopping bag 
			also has a boxer’s nose 
				and the shadow of a bruise
					under her left eye.

			I’d like to show her the Polaroid of me 
		beaming astride a rented grey pony 
	on my sixth birthday, 
and say nothing.

She can already see 
	how my shoulders hunch,
		how I flinch sometimes 
			even at my lover’s touch,
				how some things change
					and some do not.

-Published in Persephone’s Daughters, Issue 3.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Comments (



  1. Autumn Harvest | Elizabeth O'Connell-Thompson

    […] and far from least, I have two poems (‘Only Children‘ and ‘Higher Primates & Certain Bats‘) and one photograph in the latest […]


  2. Thankful | Elizabeth O'Connell-Thompson

    […] dare to try. It also means that I’ve had more pieces accepted, pieces I wouldn’t have allowed myself to write even a year ago. I set aside time at least twice a month to find places where I think my work and I […]


%d bloggers like this: