Even your own room

can seem unfamiliar

in the dark,

a hand that is too damp

around your fingers,

the first boy/man

to sit on your bed.

He’s not going to hurt you

but he could.


A sweating whisper –


opens its jaws.




Lorna Martin is a recent creative writing graduate who is writing and performing in East London. Her work has most recently appeared in Roulade Magazine and Crush Anthology. She was awarded the 2016 Brunel Writer Prize and was shortlisted for the Mslexia Poetry Prize in 2014. Lorna is currently working on her first chapbook of poems. You can follow her on Twitter at: twitter.com/lornarabbit.