Moonchild – Emily Ash

I’m a second year English student studying at the University of Nottingham. I use lots of music to inspire my poetry- this piece was inspired by Kim Namjoon, a South Korean rapper.


by Emily Ash

does it hurt, moonchild?

it doesn’t anymore, I’m defiled

with positivity and persuasion. 

can you survive, my raven?

no, not without pain.

I stand here, sinking in the rain,

drowning in a glass pane,

confidently insane,

and yet for you I must remain.

will you fight, dark knight?

with trees and stars and kites.

I’ll fight with daffodil sprouts

and smiling at the sunshine.

I’ll rally around the lovely,

and wallow in the strange. 

I’ll walk amongst the dancing lights,

rub my knuckles along a werewolf’s snout. 

Smile at the soft and the serpentine-

what will be left, sweet sorrow?


and the happiness I can ne’er find,

but must excavate slowly from the cracks in my mind.

Emily Ash, Nottingham

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