May 23, 2019

Scattered, 

the many pieces of 

body and mind 

thought and action.  

First shattered, then 

collected up and reassembled.  

Fractured again, 

put back together with glue 

and bloody minded persistence.  

Hope, optimism and longing 

agents of determination 

acting against annihila...

May 18, 2019

Never give up - 

you taught me that; 

about how truth is 

scarier than fiction. 

When I was optimistic 

you taught me caution, 

in giving my trust 

you taught me about loss. 

For these gruesome lessons 

I will try to thank you, 

for by taking them to heart 

I might know refrain. 

May 14, 2019

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Quaking and vibrating  

in this body, mine 

giving myself permission, and  

if I just had words to capture it; 

if words were my only tool. 

And if it wasn’t you, it was love 

the earth that shook  

and the shattering cry  

we couldn’t bear to hear;  

fearing hard.  

“They s...

April 4, 2019

When there is nothing left of you  

but fading memories and a velvet bowtie, 

I wonder who that person was 

with a charm which roused my heart; 

warming it with one lung 

and cooling it with the other.  

Who gave and took back  

the giddy beat of its song, 

who parachuted in 

a...

January 31, 2019

There aren’t words. There isn’t sense to be made. There are long stretches of emptiness interjected with heaving sobs. It’s such a painful sound, not really even crying. A guttural bawl rising from the depths of the chest. I know that feeling from other times: an old s...

January 11, 2018

When the the limbic system (the part of the brain that processes emotion) is overwhelmed, the part of the brain responsible for language is temporarily disabled. Interesting then that I am always striving to put into words that which seems to defy definition: these fai...

May 1, 2013

This is a little taster from my upcoming short story, published as part of Lazy Gramophone's Time anthology. It's an experimental piece of writing which plays with the structure and texture of language as well as being about living, riding bikes, broken hearts and self...

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