The End of the End

What struck me here in Spain was that we became most desperate to “get out” of lockdown when we found out we’d be allowed out in a few days’ time. We’re frantic for an end. An end to lockdown, an end to the virus, an end to our more persistent monsters.  End is a human-invented … Read more

What Will Everybody Think?!

Everybody knows that the most beautiful people are more loved, successful people are constant waterfalls of money, and real women are thriving, working mothers. Everybody is the weapon I play with in low moments. Do you? What’s your Everybody like? I don’t care what other people think until I decide that Everybody will pity me … Read more

If Not This, Then What?

You can only create now

What will it take for you to listen to yourself if a pandemic won’t do it?  My first reaction of rage when I saw that everything was about to slow right down, turned quickly to silence.   If not this, then what?  My barely-started novel was still sitting there from when I got back from travelling … Read more

Happy Christmas!!

Christmas Poem

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Unease it was stirring in me and my spouse;
The stockings misplaced, the chimney was bare,
We knew that we had them just couldn’t place where;

The children were jumping with joy on the beds,
With visions of Lego built up in their heads;

The Discovery

Reconnect Poem

I woke up Monday morning in a muddle and a sweat There was something I’d forgotten that I couldn’t place just yet We’d won the pitch on Friday, we’d celebrated hard I’d remembered our anniversary, I’d even bought a card I’d written the presentation for the latest client brief I’d made the kids’ appointments for their … Read more

Objects Possessed by the Past

Crouched on the floor, I crumple up a piece of paper and toss it into the plastic sack. The cluttered room watches me, expectant. Perfume lingers in the air; I throw my head back as it seeps up my nose. My eyelids drop shut for a few seconds. I fall back onto the floor, legs crossed, as memories dance around my head.

What is a memory and why do we insist on hoarding objects that reek of the past?

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