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THEY/THEM

by Bethan Northwood


The fictional tom-boys I grew up with—

How would you identify today?

Etched into my being,

You light the path ahead for me.


/I have always related more to characters

that stubbornly refuse to comply,


/Than with female friends,

making their homes in femininity.


/The Famous Five are eighty yet bound in paper;,

I grow and they never change.


/Imagine George as a twenty-first Century woman!

We would be best friends.


The unruly short-haired girls—when

He was the biggest compliment from strangers—

Evading the she-shaped molds even then

Misjudging how tightly I would hold them



Bethan Northwood (they/she) is 21 and from Wales, UK. They find inspiration from nature and their feelings of grief since the loss of a parent. She's still finding her voice and very pleased to be here.

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