Squeeze – Kate Brearton

I hunger for the lure of opportunity

I have recently begun writing poetry as a bit of an outlet, and have found it beneficial. The poem I enclose below is a personal one which I wrote after finishing my time in education earlier this year after the completion of my degree in English Literature. I think the idea of relying on the approval of others and struggling with the feeling of being lost amid the possibilities of the future is a relatable theme, particularly for younger people.


I hunger for the lure of opportunity.

Yet I feel it loom instead.



And I am blinded to the promise

It can hold.

The fragments of success

Are confused.



Just lost.

The spirals of existence clutch onto my very soul.

I feel them.

And they are dragging me down.

Down again.


When I am left to my mind I think and I am frightened.

I fantasise of my safety.

To confess.

To be comforted.

To be provided with direction 

With instruction.

With support.

With your support.

Just give my hand another squeeze.

Let me know I am not alone.

And when that squeeze comes I will keep holding.

Keep holding on.

And you can drag me out again. 

Show me what is next.

 I tread lightly ahead


Perhaps when I make it round the corner

I might encounter something new.

And maybe this path less trodden

Might hold the grip of my feet a little better

Than the one before.

Kate Brearton.

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