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Wendy Darling's Grown Up

A Poem for Aging

By Stephanie HoogstadPublished about a year ago 1 min read
Wendy Darling's Grown Up
Photo by Luke Tanis on Unsplash

Trigger Warning: Graphic imagery

Wendy Darling's Grown Up

the clock ticks faster and faster in the crocodile

as he devours the girl’s white underwear

she writhes at his bite—

prolonged, rolling, white-burning pain—

twisting in her stained sheets

as Peter Pan cackles at her, fading

before the face of Big Ben

the clock ticks within her,

with each cry and story told,

each infant’s laugh and fairy born,

slower, slower, slower

until torn scarlet garments lie

abandoned on the floor

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About the Creator

Stephanie Hoogstad

With a BA in English and MSc in Creative Writing, writing is my life. I have edited and ghost written for years with some published stories and poems of my own.

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Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!

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  1. Excellent storytelling

    Original narrative & well developed characters

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    Niche topic & fresh perspectives

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  • Hannah Moore30 days ago

    Way to twist a piece of collective imagery!

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    Tremendous layered wording and phrasing. I loved how you lean into Peter Pan energy. Brilliant turn of phrase. Hard reading, but important.

  • Some powerful imagery and great images to go with it. Excellent work worthy of a Top Story.

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