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Prime Numbers

One
Photographs of a birthday
I never knew

Two
A memory I want to visit
Blank state that it is


Three
Pram rolling downhill
In it an unwelcome sibling

Five
First friend across the balcony
First crush in the opposite flat

Seven
Bedtime extends past nine
into the world of adults

Eleven
Breasts seem to make sense
Half-ticket status despised

Thirteen
Hot flushes burn within
Red initials spatter my math book

Seventeen
School ends
as does adolescence

Nineteen
ambition crystallises
A hurrah the world can hear

Twenty-three
The dream goes sour
First thoughts of suicide

Twenty-nine
Salaries chase deadlines
As aspirations dehydrate

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