Driftwood

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Driftwood

Scarlet Keiller

I first got the idea for ‘Driftwood’ when a friend told me about a poem she heard in a TV show she had been watching, which contained two lines that inspired me: ‘Today I am wearing lacy black underwear / For the sole purpose of knowing that I am wearing them,’ and, ‘And I’ve got skin. Miles and miles of skin’. This, for some reason, moved me in a way that doesn’t happen often. I loved the idea of stretching, a body lasting forever, and something being so beautiful that it never ends. I started writing down a list of words which inspired me, which included: ‘youth’, ‘beauty’, ‘morning’, ‘light’, ‘nymph’, ‘goddess’, ‘nature’ and ‘vulnerability’, and I started writing. This poem was one of those things that writes itself, it flowed from my pen and I didn’t even need to think about it. I think I’m so proud of it because I wrote something true to myself, not filled with melancholy but with joy and honesty. I try to live my life with confidence and writing something about myself which stayed true to the idea of goddesses and pure, natural beauty was not only freeing but empowering.