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For the White-Haired Man Who Followed Me into a Cul-de-sac in the Dark Where I Was Making a Three Point Turn To Get Out of Your Car and Stand at my Window and Tell Me I Had Broken a One-Way Rule That Was Clearly Signposted and that I Was Lucky He Wasn't the Police and if He Had Been I Would Have Received a Fine and the Signs Were Clearly Visible and I Should Have Seen Them and I Had Gone the Wrong Way, For Whom the Words, Yes, Sorry, I Made a Mistake Were Not Enough:

Emily White

I thought it would be you

and the rage you inspired

with your urge to rub my face in my mistake

till my nose bone splintered

that would stay in my mind down the long road home


but I find its your wife

her face a mute oval, turned

from the passenger window


Emily gradated in creative writing from Oxford University Department for Continuing Education 2021. A member of Huntly Writers she won the Brian Nisbet poetry prize, had short stories published inInsights(claret Press,Anthology(Parracombe Prize)  and was shortlisted for the Wells Literary Festival Short Story Competition. Her poemWhere will the Owls Go?was published in The Phare and her poemPulchra Eswill be performed at Dartington International Festival 2023.

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