Sunday, 10 January 2021

10. Girl Skates

There was a skate swap at the school.

Used skates were spread out on tables

‘Girl skates’ were on one side,

‘boy skates’ on the other.


I wanted to try on the boy skates

they made more sense

they didn’t have picks

they didn’t flop over.

But the unspoken rule

was present in that room

and so I moved along to the ‘right’ table.


As I hobbled around the bumpy ice

In my new, limp skates,

I watched the effortless ones,

gliding backwards and forwards.


I never did get the hang of skating.

My parents blamed weak ankles.

I liked to blame the girl skates.

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