Molloy
Type
Poetry

Languages I Learned in Hell

 

i.

gown fitting

invitation list

deckled edge

target weight

sheath dress

seating plan

tussy mussy

wishing well

VIP

 

ii.

nuchal translucency

recovery room

blighted ovum

foetal demise

just as well

genetic abnormality

products of conception

try again

D&C

 

iii.

you look tired

eating for two

cankles

varicose vein

breech presentation

epidural failure

just a little snip

instrumental birth

OMG

 

iv.

crunch ’n’ sip

working bee

nit comb

car pool

mufti day

plantar wart

sight words

special needs

ADD

 

v.

children’s ward

A&E

white blood cell count

parent room

coffee machine

lumbar puncture

PICC line

no news yet

JRA

 

vi.

think tank

take offline

strategic staircase

ASAP

open the kimono

burning platform

drill down

synergise

FYI

 

vii.

matrimonial home

date of cohabitation

pre-marital assets

erosion principle

section 75(2)(b)

without prejudice

family law act

$550 per hour plus

GST

 

viii.

Klippan

Lack

self-assembly

flat-pack

Ribba

Phillips head

allen key

Ikea thumb

G&T

 

ix.

post baby body

pelvic floor

boot camp

engage your core

girls’ night out

similar interests

coffee Martini

friends with benefits

RSV

 

 

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Audrey Molloy was born in Dublin and grew up in Blackwater, County Wexford. She now lives in Sydney, where she works as a medical writer and editor. Her poetry has recently appeared in Australian Poetry Journal, New Shoots Anthology and Cordite. She was shortlisted for the 2016 Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets.

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