Hurting – Lauren Hadcroft

Anarchy behind your eyes

Many thanks to Lauren Hadcroft for a deeply personal entry to Voices and the competition. We appreciate her decision to share this poem.


I would be your pearlescent shell,

Sunlight illuminating within the gloom. 

The brightness of a bulb on tired, sensitive corneas. 

Disgruntled –


Anarchy behind your eyes. 

Longing to be taken from this lifetime. 

A thick cloud of gloves save you from hurtling toward your goal.

Holding you, safely, resistant. 

Until time is darkness. 

Hide yourself within me,

Storms swirl, a deep grey cloud descends Acidic and cold. 

Lauren Hadcroft

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