The South Bank Review Winter 2017 | Coasting
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Coasting

Photo credit: Natalie Byfield

Walking around not belonging, like this isn’t hurting,

masquerading.

What is happening? Problems breathing,

stifling.

Who’s whispering? What are they saying,

finger pointing.

Willing the ground,  swallow me up,

disappearing.

When will it stop?  Veins pop,

pulsating.

Where will you go? I don’t know,

brainstorming.

War, fighting within,

 battling.

Worn out and weighed down,

surrendering.

Wow, what is she wearing?

Laughing.

Why can’t she dress? Words repeat,

deafening.

Wolf in sheep’s clothing, I hear one saying,

ear-wigging.

Worse than before, I rush to the door,

crying.

Wrapped in coldness, from the floor,

while barricading the toilet door,

hiding.

  Well, I guess it’s time to go.

Writing notes, lyrics from love songs,

upsetting.

White walls,  bright lights,

flatlining.

1,2,3 clear,

1,2,3 clear.

Resuscitating.

Waiting rebirth, called back to earth,

foreboding.

Natalie Byfield
n.byfield@hotmail.co.uk

Natalie is a mature student from Nottingham. In her early twenties, she decided to try her luck in the big smoke. Her interest in writing began with daily diary entries, covering the usual teenage stuff from how annoying her younger brothers were to her latest crush. This became her outlet, a portal for her to express her feelings freely, this enhanced her passion for writing. She became a resident writer for the South London Press after entering a competition asking for local writers. Inspired by Maya Angelou after reading her seven series autobiographies, she decided to resign from her job working for one of the largest public and private trade unions to chase her English degree (with no regrets). As a trained photographer she has an eye for detail which she captures through the lens. Her passion for black and white pictures became her motivation for wanting to create and develop her own. The dark room became her canvas, while testing her exposure and timing skills. 'You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have' (Maya Angelou)