Only Falling – Hayley Russell

By July 19, 2011 2011 runner up

Only Falling
There is something beautiful that i
have to write, but
i do not know what it is. i know
there are skies melting into oceans to
create a song, but
i do not know where the sky is.
i only know that i will fly there
one day. But for now i
am a cat,
butterflies and birds,
digging my nails into trees as if
they deserve to be punished.
As if when i
reach the top branch i will be flying.
But i am not, i am only
am a cat and
cats do not have hands to grip a pencil,
cats cannot tell you that i love you, cats
are kicked and yelled at because master is
and cats cannot carve a hole in
my skull to let the words out.
i curl up on the bed, dream
of catching butterflies, only so i
can sew their wings to my back.

by Hayley Russell
Rangi Ruru Girls’ School


  • Angela Reading says:

    This is a very beautiful and descriptive poem. The begining caught my attention immediately.

  • Deb Donnell says:

    There is something beautiful in the way you write. The images your words conjure up are very vivid, and I feel like I am the cat. Keep writing and sharing. You are inspiring.

  • Anna says:

    I agree with Deb (above). Hayley your writing is so lyrical, poignant and captivating. Easily my favourite of the bunch.

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