The December Letter

Dear Damsels,

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.

Love,

DD x

Submissions for this theme are no longer being accepted – you can view the contributions below.

Lips

A relationship in nine stanzas by Sara Grant, and it all starts with a pair of lips.

How It Should Have Ended

Anna Myers’ poem delicately detangles a messy goodbye

The Gap

Izzy Rogers reflects on the things learned about someone through the minutiae of their everyday actions – and how those actions stay with you.

Ebony Falls

Get cosy and settle in with Emma Jenning’s dusky poem about night falling

The In-Between

Writer and painter Danielle examines the space between beginnings and endings as the place where creativity and potential are born.

July 26th

Sarah Hardcastle ruminates on retirement and what comes after, with a little help from her father

Everything I Needed

Claire Gillespie says thank you to 2016: for bringing change – good and bad – and being everything she needed.

You are allowed to miss (the people you left behind)

Alizée Chesnoy’s poem delicately portrays closing the door on a not-quite-relationship

Little Blue Pill

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.

Close You Down

Sara Sherwood writes about coming to the end of her relationship with online dating.

Emerging

Lucy Goodwill’s short story on looking back from a position you’d never thought you’d be in – and being happy.

leave-taking

Taking a breath and saying goodbye. Stéph Kuypers’ ode to beginning an adventure.

Uncurling the Roots

Kelsey J Barnes on learning to accept incomplete and messy endings

How Should You Proceed

Grace Maxwell Brown
explores alternative endings and the absence of choice in this illuminating piece on mental health.

The Messiah Weighs 7lbs 2

In Fiona Hughes’ poignant story, a family anecdote uncovers the darker side of motherhood

December

As we reach the end of the year, Marni Appleton sees December in with her poem named for the month.