Creative Corner Showcase: ‘Reflections’

At the start of a new decade, it’s easy to set lots of resolutions and look ahead. But this month our poets turn to their reflections for inspiration in Emily Hall’s aptly-named ’20-20 vision’ and Lauren Winson’s poems on the power of memory. 

20-20 vision

My 20-20 vision is not as it should be,

The letters are merging and turning, they’re laughing straight at me.

I wish they’d just stop moving, at least so I can think,

About why the D’s are becoming B’s every time I blink.


Our visions can change I know that now, our hopes and goals can too,

Twenty Nineteen has certainly been a year of hardships- but we’re through.

The troubles you faced last year, may stay with you a while,

But soon you’ll see that every single D-A-Y isn’t there to make you smile.


Depending on where you stand, things are always going to look different,

What brought you joy before you may now find insignificant.

Because the glasses through which we sometimes view life,

Are smeared and scratched with a pessimistic knife.

Which restricts us and forces us into a box,

Which we can only escape from at the turn of a clock.


When midnight strikes on January first,

The entire human race undergoes a rebirth.

And all of the trials and tribulations of past,

Can be forgotten, and new vision is restored at last.

Emily Hall 



Composted memories grown thorny,

twisted around a rose-tinted view,

crept up on me, unkempt weeds.

Lauren Winson



Unconsciously retracing old scars, unable to resist

your presence- insistently vivid: in memory only.

Now all I feel is the twinge of taut skin

binding together, marking you

upon my body.

Lauren Winson



In that moment, you were everything

I needed to get by

But it wasn’t enough

For you to be my crutch

For me to lean on, but it seemed wrong when I was suddenly

Self dependent.

But I knew it was right and

I didn’t learn overnight how to walk


Bambi on ice, I was trembling dice in the hands of someone who knew

Their luck was out.

Silent tears,

Seeing in a new year which

You won’t be a part of.

An absent text alert caused hurt beyond which I could have imagined, sadness I can’t fathom

-Even now.

But as the clock moves time proves he is the best healer.

He introduces you to self worth, who greets you with a

Birth of new confidence.

People enter our lives in waves

                But they are not the ones who gave

                                Us our core.

That is all you, everything you’ve been through, the anguish and pain

You are all that remains.

Walking unassisted.

Perhaps scared, undoubtedly lonely, but eventually you’ll see.

You can carry your own weight. Your own baggage.

Without someone by your side. So let the tide roll out and trust its return will come,

When you’ve learnt to be happy as one.

Emily Hall 

Featured image courtesy of Tahira Rowe.

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