Something – Olivia Grace Railton

Summer is a childhood concept, Something distant and inaccessible

Special thanks to Olivia Grace Railton for her entry to the competition and contribution to the Voices Blog. Olivia is currently studying English at Cambridge University and has had a life-long interest in poetry. As she explains, it provides her with an opportunity to ‘capture complex emotions.’ Olivia certainly achieves this with ‘Something’ – thank you for supporting our project.


Rubbing grit from my hands,

Dimpled with craters

Of tiny asphalt asteroids.

Inspecting the incision

In my nylon skin, which

Births bloody knees

as Plasma tears celebrate

successful caesarean section.

Gulping warm sun honey,

Bathed in a sea of caramel –

Sprawling supine starfish –

Diaphragm gripped,

Like a finger in a baby’s fist,

Scent of Earth’s shorn fleece Gently suffocates,

like a child Lulled by a rocking crib.

Something I am not entitled to,

Something secret and hidden –

Faint, hushed whispers of children.

Summer is a childhood concept,

Something distant and inaccessible

To my connected, conditioned mind.

Sometimes I still think I can taste it,

As honey hauntingly kisses my eyelids.


Olivia Grace Railton, Cambridge University

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