Shorncliffe Pier, Sandgate

Madeleine Litchfield

peter pan glittered through the frame

whispering into the bleached room

single bed, bars up the side

my neverland was soon


grandma prayed for me in church

I wished upon him at the stars

             but peter never showed

             because I stayed in that bed for months to come


it isn’t as bad as it looks, sickness

yet the unkept promises 

swelled up my rashy skin

thinned out my hair till thread 

puffed up my face so much my friends stopped visiting  


             why did pan do that to a nine-year-old? 


I found neverland on my own

it’s seagrass rekindling my skin 

welcoming my weary legs

onto the twinkling sand

with a slow darkness

encircling tourists till they left for their cars

I could finally dip my toes in the ocean


             peter pan never got back to me

             the adults lied that I’d get better soon 

             but you can’t lie to a child 

             who sees from an ocean room

Author: Madeleine Litchfield is a second-year Creative Writing student, completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at QUT. She has a passion for exploring deeper and suppressed parts of identity and the human condition from metaphorical and personal interpretations in her work. Madeleine enjoys creating art out of everyday moments and has a fondness for poetry and non-fiction.

Artist: Sarah McLachlan is a third year Bachelor of Creative Writing student who likes to draw in her spare time. She wishes to combine both her art and writing skills to create a webcomic of her own one day, but she’s also open to illustrating for books and book covers. Sarah is also a major The Legend of Zelda fan and can be found drawing a lot of elves. You can find her at @hideriame02 on Instagram.

Editors: Jasmine Tait and Eliana Fritz