The following piece is published as part of our TLM Young Writers series, a dedicated section of The London Magazine‘s website which showcases the work of exceptional young talent aged between 13-21, from the UK and beyond.
The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!
this line the rabbit repeats as time slips away
golden watch beats against his pumping heart,
the hourglass of blood dripping with every breath
he pictures a lion with great big teeth pelting after him to
give an incentive to the perhaps pointless rush he always seems
to be trapped in. His children have never seen him without a carrot in
one paw and a message in the other. They busy themselves as best they can
but nothing can distract young minds from the constant tick of the clock in the corner
ticking and tocking to tell how much time they have left until nothing is there except the tick
and the tock and the tick and the tock and the tick and the tock and the tick and the tock and the
door opens. Dad is home.
Rachel Quick is a 20-year-old student in her second year of studying English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Surrey.
To discover more content exclusive to our print and digital editions, subscribe here to receive a copy of The London Magazine to your door every two months, while also enjoying full access to our extensive digital archive of essays, literary journalism, fiction and poetry.