The following piece is published as part of our TLM Young Writers series, a dedicated section of The London Magazine‘s website which showcases the work of exceptional young talent aged between 13-21, from the UK and beyond.

Rachel Quick

White Rabbit

The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!

this line the rabbit repeats as time slips away

golden watch beats against his pumping heart,

the hourglass of blood dripping with every breath

he pictures a lion with great big teeth pelting after him to

give an incentive to the perhaps pointless rush he always seems

to be trapped in. His children have never seen him without a carrot in

one paw and a message in the other. They busy themselves as best they can

but nothing can distract young minds from the constant tick of the clock in the corner

ticking and tocking to tell how much time they have left until nothing is there except the tick

and the tock and the tick and the tock and the tick and the tock and the tick and the tock and the

door opens. Dad is home.


Rachel Quick is a 20-year-old student in her second year of studying English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Surrey.



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