Two Poems


The solicitor is first
to tell me: I have inherited

my father’s

for mechanical thinking –
the bedroom walls have been painted

too many times, the baby
always making its way to us

will have to put up with what’s here.
You’ll love it, I promise, you’ll love it.
Fragment in the Voice of Jezebel

I paint my eyes; I comb my hair.
I sit in the window and wait

for the dogs that gather below.
I have picked the incorrect

to obey.


Beattie is a writer and lapsed drag queen from Merseyside. They are the winner of the Chester Cathedral Young Poets’ Competition and their work has appeared in Datableed, Travesties?! and Briefly Write. You can follow them on Twitter @poofter_pontiff.

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