Stephanie Hutton

Adoption Day
My girl arrives
as new and old as a promise.
Her eyes are empty cupboards
aching for food.
Cocaine-white fingers twitch at her side.
The courtroom of her face questions me,
as calm as the morning after violence.
She clutches her bag like a removed womb.
A smile self-harms her face as
she exhales her old name.

Stephanie Hutton is a writer and clinical psychologist in the UK. She has published her short-form work online and in print. In 2016 she won the Writers HQ 2016 Competition and Bibliophone 1000 Words Heard Competition and was shortlisted in the Black Pear Press Short Story Competition and Brighton Prize.