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Short Girl Reaching

I have never been able to reach very high.

At five foot,

spot on,

the top shelves in the kitchen

have always been too far to stretch,

and I have to stack book shelves

so that my favourite are middling downwards

or I’d never stand a chance of reading them.

In supermarkets I rely on tall strangers,

to pass me items from the top shelf.

If I’m unlucky,

I rely on tall strangers to pass me items

from the top two shelves

while I stand awkwardly,

muttering thank yous and apologies

in that stereotypical

English way.

But I have learnt over time,

that just because something is out of my reach,

doesn’t mean

it is out of my grasp.

It just means I need to be creative,

getting up there.

Written For The Daily Post Prompt: Reach

This entry was posted in: Poetry


Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  1. I enjoyed this! “Out of reach” and “out of grasp” are different circumstances indeed. Sidenote: I recently had to ask for help getting a grocery item from top shelf and also apologized. Why do we do that! Argh.

    • It’s that automatic assumption that we really shouldn’t be bothering anyone and we probably don’t need that loaf of bread/pint of milk that much anyway. It’s only basic groceries after all. 🙂

  2. It is so amazing to read stuffs like this.
    I am too literature lover. You can check out my blog for paintings or spiritual write-ups. I am a beginner now and deals specifically in philosophical analogies and therefore would be overjoyed if you visit my site and gain something from it.

    • Thank you. Ah yes, the taller partner. Mine decided that the suitable place from crisps was on the shelf above the archway in the kitchen. Luckily, I can jump. It may not have been elegant, but I got my crisps.

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