Two Poems

    By Jade Hinder

    1. My Secret

    The world spins around like a pirouette,
    as the liquor drowns me,
    and the music starts to pound
    into my mind and skin.
    Cigarettes are all I can taste as I sway
    and alien lips connect with mine.
    Bodies jump to the sickening beat,
    I try to move away from the people
    crashing into me, but this guys in my face
    and he grabs my waist.
    He looks at me like prey,
    and taking my hand, he leads me away.
    Darkness, the world still spins,
    I realise I’m naked, the guys on top
    of me. I try to scream but something’s in
    my mouth, stopping me. My hands are tied
    and I can’t get away.
    He brings in a friend and they take turns.
    Tears flow freely as their laughter consumes me.
    Finally I’m able to sneak out and walk home
    at 7am, tired, scared and alone.
    Keep it in, keep it secret, forevermore.

    2. Onion Rings

    Turn the package over and read the table.
    Typical Values Per 100g
    Energy 2155kj
    Fat 27.1g
    Of which saturates 2.6g
    Mono-unsaturates 22.0g
    Polyunsaturates 2.1g
    Carbohydrate 61.0g
    Of which sugars 7.3g
    Fibre 1.7g
    Salt 1.7g
    Don’t have that. Put it back,
    no matter how much you want those onion rings.
    Watch the woman from YouTube
    with her spinach, kale and pear smoothie.
    Her stomach, as flat as women in Vogue.
    Grab your fat belly
    and promise to start
    exercising tomorrow.
    Download My FitnessPal,
    do your squats and feel the sweat.
    You can do it.
    You want that toned belly
    and un-flabby thighs

    and to eat what you want.
    Your legs that look disproportioned
    with your stomach which makes you
    look pregnant. Twenty times people
    have asked when your due.
    You can do it.
    You can lose that fat. Start eating spinach,
    broccoli, mushrooms.
    Give up meat, cheese. Swap it for tofu.
    But all you want are those onion rings.

    Jade Elvina Hinder is a fully fledged unicorn. Her writing is dark and a little f&cked up, but that’s just her. She is a self-pronounced coffee addict who has to have at least 5 coffees throughout the day. Now down to the professional stuff… Urgh, boring! She holds a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Gloucestershire and has a body positivity Instagram page. She has a short story published in Short Fiction Break and a flash fiction in The Pinecone Review. She has a novel written, which is hopefully soon to be published, or she may self-publish through Amazon. She has had a variety of different roles including working at a football stadium, the NHS (her current full-time role), Tesco, Carphone Warehouse and Marks and Spencer. In her spare time, she enjoys attending readings, painting, life drawing and being with her baby brother.

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