celebrating and creating our own LGBTQ+ history in honour of Sheila McWattie

day four

me mum



She had a vision

she could see

she mentioned the pink singers

“never heard of ’em”

I had


She gave me books

Virago lessie stories

I read The well of loneliness

hers were livelier


Photos for the funeral

“is that your dad?”

reveal cigar smoking

dapper  chap

was that how she saw herself?


Now I chuck away

her draft novel

her radio play,

the “I hate you letter”


the novel ruined

by demented vision

the radio play rejected

I have kept the illustrated “last of the jellytums”

we all liked that


one day maybe

I will look at the diaries

and really see her




Harriet MacDonald


The world

Comments on: "day four" (5)

  1. raw beautiful writing and captures great landmarks in lesbian history, thanks Harriet for sharing, x

  2. Wonderful

  3. Meg Merrilees said:

    Heartwrenching and honest. Love it.

  4. so many stories in this clever, lovely, evocative piece.

  5. Jenny King said:

    I felt deep sadness reading this. A poignant piece, moving.

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