Poems & Essays

22 Apr

In My Brain Book

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I used to think it was unfair
Oliver got to miss school
to go to America.
And that he skipped
the lunch line.
He had a special teacher
and special treatment.
And he always won musical statues.

In the final assembly
they showed pictures of us
when we were toddlers.
Everybody laughed.
Until we got to Oliver.
He looked different
without his wheelchair.

In middle school
Oliver had to be home-schooled.
I asked if I could be.
School rules are so unfair.
Like getting a yellow card
for forgetting to add a title.

I probably forgot about Oliver
for a while.
Then school emailed mummy.
She said she had something to tell me.
Something sad.
But not anything about
Grandma or Grandad.

It was in the holiday
that Oliver got so unlucky.
And now he can’t count
the days ’till Christmas.
My face started to feel funny.
My eyes couldn’t stop blinking.

It must have been scary
not knowing what would happen.
At least now he won’t be afraid.
you will always have a page
in my brain book.



Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana trained with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has enjoyed poetry all her life. She was shortlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize, 2018, and her work has been published in print and online in Silver Needle Press, Newcastle University’s Bridges anthology, Typishly, Eunoia Review and Snakeskin and is forthcoming in Streetlight Magazine. Alexandra relished the opportunity to read at Crossings, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Poetry festival 2018, and will read at the AWP conference, as a delegate of Silver Needle Press, in March 2019.

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