Maida Vale

Poem by Jessa, Art by Livy.

maida vale

lovers have sat here before,

this worn, worn bench

blueberry bubblegum stuck to the edge

of a metal placard of someone’s name

someone nobody remembers


this sky has seen sun before,

these ugly, ugly clouds

on the verge of raining down

a memory or eight on my drink,

food i only eat in crowds


grass was greener before,

back in a hazy, hazy July,

where the heat helped me to melt

melt reason into compromise, excuses

so maybe that’s why


i just felt lighter before,

when we walked, walked on

you looked at me with watchful eyes,

eyes i’ve seen on your sister,

pupils i still dote upon…


i pinch my knuckle.


i am not in the daze of before,

in the hard, hard now

even my stomach, still small; kicks.

a raindrop falls on my eyebrow

alone, far too much to fix


Jessa is an eighteen-year old Londoner and sleeping academic. When she isn’t stress-eating, she’s writing plays and making indirect spotify playlists. She has written for the National Theatre and her Twitter and instagram is @cynicaljessa.


Livy is a 16 year old student from California, who likes to dance when no one is home. She is interested in making the world a better place, but has not figured it out yet.

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