Rory Hawkins


every time it starts in

your stomach


crawls up and out and down and around

each arm and leg

fidgets and taps

raising goosepimples all the way


it’s not to a song-beat

no, the headphones are off, they have to be

because bass would only beg your body on

and on as the clock goes

Rory is a UK-grown & Meanjin/Brisbane-based Creative Writing student who made the recent mistake of making three dating app profiles, and has now seen enough bougie cocktail dresses to last several lifetimes.

Find his work in the fourth and fifth issues of ScratchThat Magazine, a fresh addition to Blue Bottle Journal, the upcoming issue of Inkblot Magazine, Cold & Soggy 2021, and through his Instagram @rory_writes_sometimes.