The Adventures of Tin Tin’s Wife

Lucy Cuthew challenges stereotypes perpetuated from childhood in a poem full of movement, momentum, and a desire for adventure.

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by Lucy Cuthew

There was a man on top of a train.
There was a woman on top of a train.
These may sound the same.
These are not the same.

There was a man on top of a train, the wind in his hair.
Adventure.
There was a woman on top of a train, the wind in her hair.
In danger.

There was a woman on top of a train.
A man jumped on to save her.
“I want an adventure,” she said.
And she pushed him off.

There was a woman on top of a train.
She was having an adventure.
A man jumped on to join her.
They got into danger.
What an adventure they had together.


 Lucy Cuthew | @lucycuthew

Lucy Cuthew is an editor and author of children’s books. She was shortlisted for the prestigious Booktrust Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for her acheivements as a young woman in publishing. Her picture books have been nominated for several awards. She is currently writing a young adult novel called Horrible Love Story. Her first short story, ‘The Waiting Room’, was published in January. She works from a studio in Cardiff.

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