As our first year online draws to a close, we’re in the mood to turn our minds to the ends of things. That’s why our December theme is CLOSING.
From grand finales to bittersweet goodbyes, an ending isn’t always sad. Crossing the finishing line can be a moment to celebrate as much as a chance to stop and breathe.
It’s the feeling of leaving the party. Of going home. Of drawing the curtains at night and feeling bone-tired and completely content. It’s the realisation you know the exact moment something fizzled and died.
And of course – when something ends, it’s only a sign something else is about to begin.
So before we leave this year in the dust, tell us about your endings, Damsels – happy and sad, momentous and inconsequential.
Submissions for this theme are no longer being accepted – you can view the contributions below.
A relationship in nine stanzas by Sara Grant, and it all starts with a pair of lips.
Anna Myers’ poem delicately detangles a messy goodbye
Izzy Rogers reflects on the things learned about someone through the minutiae of their everyday actions – and how those actions stay with you.
Get cosy and settle in with Emma Jenning’s dusky poem about night falling
Writer and painter Danielle examines the space between beginnings and endings as the place where creativity and potential are born.
Sarah Hardcastle ruminates on retirement and what comes after, with a little help from her father
Claire Gillespie says thank you to 2016: for bringing change – good and bad – and being everything she needed.
Alizée Chesnoy’s poem delicately portrays closing the door on a not-quite-relationship
Why do we really swallow that pill each morning? For Emma Crouch it’s time to say goodbye to that part of her morning routine.
Sara Sherwood writes about coming to the end of her relationship with online dating.
Lucy Goodwill’s short story on looking back from a position you’d never thought you’d be in – and being happy.
Taking a breath and saying goodbye. Stéph Kuypers’ ode to beginning an adventure.
Kelsey J Barnes on learning to accept incomplete and messy endings
Grace Maxwell Brown
explores alternative endings and the absence of choice in this illuminating piece on mental health.
In Fiona Hughes’ poignant story, a family anecdote uncovers the darker side of motherhood
As we reach the end of the year, Marni Appleton sees December in with her poem named for the month.