birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

Boarding School

How about when I lost my
childhood bed? Found me
flown to England a long way
from home, the fourth of three

girls sharing a room
in Catholic school.

Mom thought a thing might
could be happening between
my riding instructor and me. I
was too scared to e'en

let him touch me there,
a man wants to touch where.

Still off to another continent
I went. To learn other things:
NHS, marzipan, afternoons spent
in London, netball, tea.

Also how to grow skin
thick to dissembling.


Out of My House!