CARRY ON || BONUS CONTENT.

I started making my list, my good things list,

when I was eleven.

I should probably cross a few things off,

but it’s harder than you think.

He drops in to remind you

you’re just a supporting character in his catastrophe,

He’s a book full of footnotes brought to life,

He’s a jacket full of elbow patches.

I’d cross every line for him –

Every night, to feel good,

Every few nights, to stay sane.

You have to pretend you get an endgame.

He’s saying something,

I think I might kiss him.

(I won’t bite).

*all words originally appeared in Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, St Martins Griffin 2015

EVERYTHING EVERYTHING || PROMISE: THE LIE YOU WANT TO KEEP

In the beginning there was nothing

I stifle the urge to go back to the window

Your hair’s pretty long

just let it down.

I’ll come up and rescue you

A fairytale princess.

How am I supposed to go back to being The Girl Who Reads?

It’s not a competition if one person can’t show up for the event.

Beware the Queen of Hearts

She’ll have your head.

*all words originally appeared in Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, Corgi Books 2015

REAPER MAN || IF PER CAPITA IS A PROBLEM, DE CAPITA CAN BE ARRANGED.

It was the living who ignored the strange and wonderful

Because life is a habit that’s hard to break

Too full of the boring and the mundane.

He’d never realized that, deep down inside

You might as well ignore the whole business and

Eat off your knees.

What he really wanted to do was make things go splat.

!!!!!

Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.

I remember when all this will be again.

*all words originally appeared in Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett, Gollancz, 1991

CORALINE || FAIRY TALES ARE MORE THAN TRUE.

She.

She used to dance a lot.

She danced and danced until her feet turned in sossejes.

Nothing, she thought, had ever been so interesting.

You.

You’re too clever and quite for them to understand.

How can you walk away from something and still come back to it?

You know who we are, we don’t need names.

I.

I don’t want whatever I want, nobody does.

I don’t need it any more.

I’m very grateful.

They.

They tell us that dragons can be beaten.

*all words and content appeared originally in Coraline by Neil Gaiman, Bloomsbury 2003. 

ORIGINAL POETRY || I Think We Should Buy A Lion

The things that made you weird as a kid

Make you great at tomorrow.

And when you met me, I heard a sigh of relief in my mind,

and I cleared a space for you to stay.

What looks like crazy on an ordinary day, to ordinary people,

Looks a lot like love to me.

As long as you’re around, I promise to laugh a little louder,

cry a lot less, and dance a little faster.

The stars will blink when they watch us,

they’ll be jealous of how we shine.

There was never butterflies with you.

Just flames.