The Thing With Feathers

‘It wasn’t promoted as a viable career choice at all in my high school. Actually, my careers adviser advised me against it.’

– Abigail, 17


The Thing With Feathers

I often discover the winged beast
Asleep when I need him the most.
His shadow, my blanket,
Is pulled from my grasp
And my large, feathered guard
Leaves me bare.

It is often these times
That I notice a change
In his temperament
And in his colour.

No longer my warm and welcoming friend,
A foreboding and frightening foe.

I listen to voices that urge me to leave
And advise against my return.

But as Creativity restlessly stirs,
I smile and bid him good day.



Image –¬†Sarah Kaplowitz, Pinterest





‘My secondary school was very shocked I had chosen this career pathway as they thought it would be much safer to go down core subjects like maths, English and science, as there are more job opportunities.’

– Katie, 16 



We are conditioned to value the education we receive

If our household income justifies the input.

We are expected to understand that education is a weapon

If we select the correct ammunition.

Cold, hard facts may provide substantial weight

But the case that holds them will never expand.

Refuge can be found in the calm of the theatre

Until the swell insists that we are safer in the storm.


Large stormy wave crashing, Cook Strait, New Zealand

Photo – Karim Sahai,