By Anna Royle – Creative Writing Editor

Birthday present
wrapping paper.
Sliced finger
sucking blood.
Kitchen roll

hitting glasses,
pushing down ears.

Clothes rubbing,

Hem digging into hips,
cold button
pressed into stomach

Nails strong––
into cuticles.

Toes touching,
chest raising,
hair tickling
the top of my back,
saliva sitting,
voices fuse
with the humming
of the fridge.

This is my birthday dinner
but how can I possibly
enjoy it
with a slice
across my knuckle.

Published by The Gown Queen's University Belfast

The Gown has provided respected, quality and independent student journalism from Queen's University, Belfast since its 1955 foundation, by Dr. Richard Herman. Having had an illustrious line of journalists and writers for almost 70 years, that proud history is extremely important to us. The Gown is consistent in its quest to seek and develop the talents of aspiring student writers.

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