I, having been bitten by an angel –
I am going through a lostness.
I am hoping to be done with it
before the mould on the window returns.
I am refusing everything. I am waiting for the room
to flood with trumpets. I am waiting for my hair
to grow and be grabbed by a man come to save me.
Fistfuls of nobody, parched and sweaty in the dark.
Beattie is a writer and lapsed drag queen from Merseyside. They were the winner of the Chester Cathedral Young Poets’ Competition and were longlisted for the Spelt Poetry Competition. Their work has appeared in Datableed and Travesties?!.