Character: Anne Shirley

Book: Anne of Green Gables

Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery

26 writer: Rebecca Dowman


Anne’s vivid red hair – compounded by the numerous scrapes she tumbles into –  is her ‘lifelong sorrow’, but her imagination and the natural world offer glorious respite.


When I 

am silenced

declared ugly

trail Gilbert in class

regret I

dyed my red hair green

fit my world in a carpet bag

put rheumatism potion in the cake

long for 

puff sleeves 

fewer freckles

a friend 


I breathe, vault onto a prancing Arabian stallion – whose raven coat matches my lustrous locks – and canter bareback through a sun-dappled forest grove, away.

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