It’s finding the softest of roses and being torn by its thorns.
It’s floating in hypnotic oceans and being consumed by the current.
It’s discovering caves of crystal and having the exit elude you.
It’s the safety they suggest
And the foul that is exposed.
It’s their protective nature concealing a need to control.
It’s the ‘it’ll be alright’ when they’d rather be anywhere else.
It’s your little indulgences escalating into their expectation for more.
It’s their tender touch
And the bruise left behind.
It’s learning to know when it’s time to move on.
It’s learning to pick up the fractured fragments left on the floor.
It’s learning there are others traversing this trail.
It’s learning to recognise
the wolves in the herd.
Author: Tiffany Jenko is a young Brisbane writer exploring themselves and the world, through creative writing. They have always enjoyed a good book and are excited to be creating and sharing their work with others.
Artist: SaBelle Pobjoy-Sherriff is a third year fine arts visual arts student. Her art practice uses narrative and mythology to create obscure illustrations and sculptures. Using acrylic paint and coloured pencils she creates vibrant worlds and creatures. Her current work focuses on the current climate crisis and the idea of corrupting escapism. You can find more on her instagram @SaBelleeee.
Editors: Jasmine Tait and Eliana Fritz