Day 14

Scarlet Girl

Written by Laura McIntyre

© Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh

‘Clickity clack’ is the soft soundtrack to her secret;
the humble hiss of gas streetlamps drifting through the widow, her concerto.

Shrouded in shadows, tirelessly she works.
The snug bed recess a nemesis of temptation;
soundly sleeping sisters a thoughtless jeer.

Come Christmas her hardships reap rewards: a pixie hat and victory.
She wears her arduously won censored colour;
Mother’s summer ultimatum, shredded by defiance.


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