The Pearl

Jenny Gray is in the final year of her Creative Writing and English degree.

When you find,

ten years on, pressed in the pages of a Steinbeck novel,

a list of pros

and cons

with your name as a header,

do you wonder

how much calculation?

Slip the scrawl in with the ashes:

the burned-up ready meal packets, driftwood,

the labels eased and shredded. Glenfiddich,

Morangie, Livet, 

Whyte & Mackay and that

well-known grouse.