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Updated: Thu, 27 Sep 2012 05:50 pm

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I'm a third year student of Creative Writing, specialising in poetry. I also illustrate and make music.


The Hand Collector I am thirteen. In awe of the girl who sits next to me in Geography class with hands far beyond her age; a maze of canyons that snake across the plains of palms and merge into riverbeds of heart lines, life lines. Skin tanned from living more in thirteen years than I know I will ever achieve. I am ten. A gurgling marshmallow is placed with the greatest care into my lap. I am old enough now to be trusted to look after brand new and pillowy-plump hands, an invisible elastic band segregates arm from palm. Hands that are yet to tell stories, but are pink and honest strings of sausages. I am eight. Transfixed, I watch as blue-grey veins appear to dance across hands that move an electric whisk into thick batter with more ferocity than the off-white, paper thin skin should be able to manage.

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Sat 29th Sep 2012 11:58

Two great innovative poems from a young sharp mind taking us down fresh paths.Well done,keep them coming.

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Ann Foxglove

Sat 29th Sep 2012 07:12

Hi Lauren - welcome to WOL. I like the hands poem.

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Andy N

Thu 27th Sep 2012 22:04

good stuff, Lauren. particularly like the profile poem and the movement between the years. style i am currently experimenting with myself although somewhat different. keep em coming and welcome x

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