Episode 9 – Bullied at school

It was a few weeks after my sixteenth birthday and the winter sun was smiling on my face as I carefully parked my bike in the racks at the back of the school playground. I wasn’t late for a change and had been feeling better about myself since my birthday. After thinking everyone had forgotten…

Chorus of cats

We have come so far Since jobs were found In the ‘women and girls’ Section of the newspaper. Where self doubt and sexism Continue to fuel our fears About what others are thinking. Where our former Prime Minister Was evaluated on what she wore And not what she said. Where schoolyard bullies Now live on…

Episode 8 – Christmas when I was young

When Christmas Eve came I could hardly get to sleep. Mum sent me to bed early but I just lay there trying to hear the sound of Santa’s sleigh on the roof. Every now and then I would sneak out to the lounge room to see if Santa had been yet. ‘Molly! Get back in…

Love in four acts

Act I The beginning He was so cute when we kissed, Making out on my bed after school Instead of doing our homework, His hands wandering timidly, Aching to be touched, Understanding each other In the afternoon sunlight, As he said he loved me. With sweet words of love, He opens my warm and soft…

Molly’s dreams – episode 7

The bell rang at the end of lunchtime detention and I packed my bag and joined the rush in the hallway to get to class. It was maths again. I wished I didn’t have to do maths on my birthday, but I opened my book and tried to listen to the teacher explaining something about…

This is love

I remember now Your fresh eyes, Watching the world, Sweet mouth around My ripe breasts, Tiny fists clutching A loving finger. Pain now dimmed By emotion’s wave, From that moment I was delivered Your wrinkled body, An agonising wait For that first Breath of air Outside my womb, Where you lay All those months, Changing…

Molly’s dreams – episode 6

On the weekend my brother pushed me around the backyard in his billy cart. Stephen was fourteen years old while I was only four, but he let me play with him without getting annoyed like the big girls did. None of his friends from school lived near us so he was happy to drag me…