Monthly Archives: February 2016

Birds

There are wings in the window. I point out the great whiteness of the heron as he soars impossibly huge against a sky bruised with early evening. You say it’s already getting darker, the summer a fish slipping through our … Continue reading

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Normal

The crack of bubble wrap underfoot, your roly poly dance, drawing your hand in mine, the cutting up of diamonds. Our neighbour says ‘it’s good to see you looking so normal’ as she drives past me in our doorway struggling … Continue reading

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After the Op

I wake to the silence of home. No beeps, no distant voices in corridors, no professional footsteps. Just the deep quiet of the countryside, which unnerved me when we first moved to the middle of nowhere, but now feels centred … Continue reading

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  There’s been a plane crash and I am one of the survivors who make camps on a sheet of ice, Antarctica perhaps.   There is a perfect circle cut in the snow. I fall in thinking this is cold … Continue reading

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Cut the BS

If cancer is a gift then I’d like the receipt please, and as my mother said to me once, it’s true you do learn a lot from this disease but Jesus there are easier ways to learn things, and I … Continue reading

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Reading the stripy pyjamas

I found the monster when I was crossing the parking lot.  His diesel claws clicking on sulphur.  You said you couldn’t smell it. The tiniest lump of lemon tickled my throat.  I was tempted to wipe the screen sterile.  I went back to nothing, almost, absolutely, … Continue reading

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Trolls

You paint yourself blue, all dinosaur prints and the worry of trolls eating farmyard goats. I tell you the fences are strong, even if the trolls offered good money, the lady at the gate would never let them in. You … Continue reading

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