It is on nights like this that time

truly does seem

to stand still –

or, at least,

to slip more slowly.


Is it day

or is it night?

Perhaps it is a kind of…


for daylight persists

even into the dark.


Tonight is light time.

They are all you can see:

lampposts; overheads; traffic signals.

And the white, white sky

and the white, white ground

and the white, white horizon.


All the people have vanished,

been blanketed,

asleep in their vehicles that attempt

to carry them safely to bed;

huddled in their buildings

in the company of more lights –

warm lights;

drawing their curtains

and their blinds

so that they can forget what

lies in wait



A.N. The UK is currently in the middle of a snow storm and it’s. Not. Coping.



A New Circulation

My heart –

fickle – trickles




its valves


and close,




haste so

that after


pulse it


changed, the




to make

me feel



A.N. Indecisive.

These Haiku Can(‘t) Speak

This haiku can’t speak

Without your voice. You want my

Death but I, a choice.


This haiku can’t live

Inside your head. If not told

May I please be read?


A.N. Someday I will have the courage and the ability to read these (and my other poems) out loud. But for now, they will have to be content with being read by others. Thank you to all my readers for making me and my haiku happy! They were written in response to the theme of voices. 

Note From the Guard At Cell Cluster 2517

don’t you Dare do that again!

you can’t stop ruining the pattern, can You?

Stop and think before you act for once,

then i won’t have to fucking edit this Too.


i gave you these Obsessions for a reason:

i wanted you to follow the rules Perfectly

so that our relationship could stay Intact

and you’d be what you Are/meant to be.


– Guard at Cell Cluster 2517


A.N. Have you ever felt as if your brain is some kind of guard, protecting you from threats that may or may not be imaginary but you go along with them anyway because it somehow convinces you that this is the logical thing to do? Sometimes the mind seems untrustworthy… but what would you be without it? I don’t know about you, but that’s a question to which I’m never willing to find out the answer.

Wish You Were Here

Four luminous seats

Set around a table.

I occupy one.


Three chairs stay empty,

Soft, plump – waiting for no one;

I wish you were here.


You wish you were here

But settle for fantasies.

Happy holidays.


A.N. I was on the train back to university, sitting by myself on one of the table-seats, which felt overwhelmingly odd. My family would usually be next to or facing me – not worn-out fabric. It got me thinking about how I would miss not seeing them for a month or two and how they would miss me. The scenario presented in these haiku, however, is not mine, but that of a fictional speaker. Someone who is going on holiday by themselves for the first time, for whatever reason that may be.

The Liebster Award: Discover New Blogs!


For those of you that don’t know (which I didn’t before being nominated), the Liebster Award is given to bloggers (mainly small/new ones) by other bloggers. It basically recognises other blogs and is a great way to lend a helping hand I think. If you accept your nomination then you need to follow the set of rules listed below.

If you choose not to get involved that’s okay, it isn’t necessarily for everyone! The official rules request the submissions be in Dec 25th but I agree with Erica’s sentiment, in that sharing is caring and so many of you guys deserve recognition so I’m doing this anyhow.


  • Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Display an image of the award in your post.
  • Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog (one that is not your own) and provide a link to that blog.
  • Answer the questions that were provided to you by your nominator.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs.
  • Supply questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Share the rules in your post.
  • Contact your nominees; let them know they’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide them with a link to your post.


I’d like to thank Maya ( for nominating me. She is a great friend of mine and to be honest has done me a massive favour by getting me involved in this as the personal information that I provide on my blog is very minimal!


My favourite blog has to be Their flash fiction pieces never fail to shock and amuse me. You know that they’re not what they seem yet you still get surprised every time because the twists are so unconventional. Whatsmore, they have their own artwork and have published books on Amazon. How much more inspirational can you get?


If you could be any animal what animal would you be and why?

I would be a cat because they get the best of both worlds: freedom to go anywhere they want but also a loving home and food to go back to. Whoop!

If your house was on fire, yet you could save 3 items, what would you save and why?

Not to be a stereotypical gen z but I would save my mobile phone, my laptop and my headphones because they have on them all my writing, my music and my means of communication with the outside world. (I assume that this doesn’t include people because in that case I would save my mum, my dad and my brother!)

Describe your perfect pizza.

My perfect pizza would probably be covered in onions and pineapple without the ham because I’m still bitter that you can only ever get pineapple on pizza if it’s a Hawaiian. Smh.

What is your favourite thing about blogging? Why?

I love being able to create an organised space for my best creative writing pieces. First and foremost, my blog is a kind of journal for my own reference. Having readers is a happy bonus.

If you were given the power, would you go forward in time or backwards?

I would go backwards in time, I think. Part of the excitement of life is not knowing what will happen next so I wouldn’t want to spoil that. Plus, it’d be fun to relive some of my greatest memories through a clearer medium than my mind’s eye.

What one piece of advice would you give to your younger self knowing what you do now?

I would tell my younger self to live in the moment and to appreciate all the people who are currently in her life. In the past, I feel that I took a lot of love for granted and focussed too much on materialistic things. Now I know better.

If you could meet a character from your favourite movie who would you meet?

Uhh, confession time: I don’t watch a lot of movies (unless they’re book adaptation of course), but I think I’d like to meet Ginny from the Harry Potter movies. Except… I’d rather meet book Ginny than movie Ginny because movie Ginny is just so much more badass. I’d probably be flattered that she’d even speak to me, haha.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you were older? Is it the same now?

When I was in primary school, I wanted to be a writer or an art teacher. I’ve since realised that I’m painfully average at art and that I don’t really like kids very much, so that’s the latter ruled out. I still have hopes to become a published writer, but we all know how hopeless that can be. My primary career aspiration is to work in a publishing house, whilst submitting my projects to literary journals on the side.

What are you looking forward to most about this year?

I am most looking forward to continuing with my English and Creative Writing course and growing as a reader and writer. I am also excited about meeting new people and nurturing the friendships that I already have.


I love her book challenges and reviews. If you’re ever stuck with what to read next or are looking to inject an extra bit of fun into your reading journey, Sal’s blog is a great place to start!

Lucy’s posts are just pure gold. They’re hilarious and relatable and, if you know her in real life, then you’ll know that this is the result of her admirable ability to translate her personality onto the page.

The poems and other posts on Zlatitsa’s blog are beautifully written, introspective and emotionally-engaging. I get excited whenever she posts something new because I know that it’ll be something thought-provoking and fresh.

I love love love Hannah’s poetry. The vivid settings and impactful use of structure always leave me in awe. Her spoken word pieces are an experience and delivered in a way that immediately transports you to wherever she is describing. (Check out the Writers’ Bloc YouTube channel if you’re interested!)

I have followed Theo on Instagram for a while and she never fails to fill me with hope and happiness with every post, both on there and on here. If you’re not in the greatest place or if you want to find ways to help you to stay positive, then I strongly recommend her blog. I’m not sure if she realises that I also have a blog so Theo, when you see this, it’s agirlnamedlotty from Instagram!


A.N. So sorry for the excessive use of ‘What’ and ‘favourite’. I’m awful at making up questions.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?

What is your favourite decade and why (it doesn’t have to be one that you’ve lived through)?

Name your favourite song and your favourite lyrics from it.

What is your favourite season and why?

Describe your perfect hour.

Think of a person you love. What is their best quality?

What is the first thing that you do when you wake up?

Name one thing that you can see, hear, taste, smell and touch right now.

What is your favourite name and why (it doesn’t have to be your own)?

What is your favourite quote?