Iona Adams

School: Banchory Academy, Aberdeenshire
 

Fishbowl World

 

Voice One

Her love became the voice inside her head.

The fishbowl world, fragility to her,

She tapped it once and watched the ripples spread.

 

She saw the other, loved her from the start,

Inseparable to her, and yet apart.

Her love became the voice inside her head.

 

Transparent walls are like a prison fence,

Preventing her from being with her love.

She tapped it once and watched the ripples spread.

 

The other married young and sweet and pure.

The pain inside became too great to bear,

Her love became the voice inside her head.

 

Spending her life drinking the guilt away,

But life was cruel and overwhelming her.

Blood filled the bowl, the ripples didn’t spread.

 

They buried her beneath the willow tree.

The remaining one left sore and confused.

Her love became the voice inside her head,

Thanks to the dead, at last the ripples spread.

 

Voice Two

She lived her life now haunted by her dead.

Her fishbowl walls, they finally shattered.

She tapped it once and let the ripples spread.

 

She was once happy in that fishbowl world,

Hugging the sweet lies tightly to her chest.

She lived her life now haunted by her dead.

 

She’d thought they were both swimming in the bowl,

Never dreaming that there were walls of glass.

Alone, her friend watched the ripples spread.

 

Security could not be found again.

At last she saw the fishbowl as fragile,

She lived her life now frightened by her dead.

 

She tried to hide the whisky on her breath

Never again to find true happiness

She joined her friend, they watched the ripples spread.

 

They buried them as one beneath the tree

The fishbowl broken, never to be fixed.

They live their lives now haunted by the dead

Now others tap and watch the ripples spread.  

 

 

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