You Are Here

You are here, at the cusp of adulthood, the key is in your hand for 21C Autumn Lodge.
He is there, teetering on the edge of maturity in an adult body, a coffee in hand, a dog by his side and the world on his tongue.
For the love category of the Christmas Competition 2017


18. But it was more than that


But it was more than that

When you realised that he was nowhere

Near your side

And when you realised

That he was nothing

That you knew about.


He escaped your brain,

Escaping every word that you knew to define.

But that didn’t matter

Because he was more than what you knew

And that was alright.


You found him at the cashier,

With a smile

And a desperate attempt

To pull something into a bag.

“Ready to go?”

He questioned

And you paid for your things

And you went.



And the stars shined

Although they were hidden by the light

And you went into charity stores

To repeat a tradition

Only you and your mother knew

Before the monsters came.


You picked the ugliest Christmas jumper you could find,

Green and furry and pom pom covered

And you made him wear it.

In return he picked one

With a duck

And a Christmas hat

And a bright yellow bow tie.

And you wore it.


Maybe it was then that a word crept up on you

That you barely knew before.

An inscription

That you knew you could never compare

To anyone else

but him.


But it was then that you knew

That maybe

If he walked through the door

Of that charity shop again

Wearing that very same Christmas jumper

A miracle would become you

And your fall would be instant

Instead of when he entered your apartment

And demanded his presence in your heart.


But you dismissed it,

Because it made your heart yearn for something you didn’t know

And you went out of the shop with hideous

Christmas jumpers

And the meaning of winter

In your soul. 


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