A Perfect, Pale Blue*

My mother once told me that hearts open only when broken, And that truest courage is born from a coward’s battle cry. I did not recognise blood when my father’s lips ran like war, all Because my mother spoke in stuttering pinks and lullaby blues. Now these walls pray at night with their palms bent […]


She inhabits an empty, barren world, filled with vibrant greens which ripple into rust and violet and corn and maroon, and bright sunshine that reflects starlight on the wrinkling water, the cosmos captured in a wave, a star caught in a droplet. The daffodils on the bank, swaying in the breeze flowing down from the […]

Marchon Chemical Plant – A Success Story*

GREENPEACE SAVES WHITEHAVEN! Screams the headline of The Times, A bombardment of chemical waste And disaster and despair and destruction From the chemical factory looming over the town. Flashing warning lights illuminate: “Rocks as sterile as the moon!” “Acid rain strips paint off cars!” Finally, there is hope for the town. These cars are now […]

“Today’s Special Exhibit: A Writer”

I realise, sitting in the library, I am an anomaly. The others come and collect their coffee and leave to complete their “proper work.” They see me sat alone, scribbling, my tea growing cold – forgotten. Writing means I no longer scald my throat by drinking boiling liquids, I am accustomed now to the taste […]


My eyes look so blue in this mirror, oceanic almost, and I wonder if it’s through these tides that his lunar gravity rules over me, or if it’s from the saltwater that makes rivers down my ripped up rain face, flooding over, banks breaking onto my cheeks. The drought of his absence dries all the […]