She’s not very practised in palmistry
but she examines the veins of a leaf
and imagines the principle is the same.

In the detail of a slant and the giveaway
of a curve, she learns that the future
of this leaf is unimportant when
it’s the tree that’s rotting.

Beth O’Brien is an English Literature student at the University of Birmingham. Her debut poetry pamphlet, Light Perception, was published by Wild Pressed Books in November 2019.

She is the Editor of Mad Hatter Reviews, a site that reviews books, e-books, theatre, music, and even the odd podcast. She is also a reviewer for Riggwelter, and has quite happily picked up a range of jobs that require her to write, whether that be travel articles, student blogs, or website content. She has had her poetry (and the odd short story) published in Foxglove Journal, Nine Muses Poetry, Dear Reader, Mused – the BellaOnline Literary Review, Eunoia Review, Pulp Poets Press, Peculiars Press, Picaroon Poetry, and Bonnie’s Crew.

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2 Responses to Lifelines

  1. I really like that quote ☺

  2. Laura Denise says:

    Wow! That was powerful.

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