A short poem by Karen Harvey, inspired by early memories of oppression and a longing for freedom and adventure. Illustration by Matteo Gallo.

How I longed for the
weightlessness of flight,
to feel the wind in my hair
and the breeze against my cheeks,
but you, were determined
to clip my wings.

I can still see us now.
You staring down at me
with the shears in your hand
and me, curled up
on the floor
playing dead.

'Grounded' was published in its unillustrated form in our 15th issue, The Adventure Issue, which is available to buy here.