Alignment

I was 2 when it last happened. I might have been cuddling with my mum on the sofa or playing make-believe in my wigwam; laughing, crying or smearing chocolate around my little mouth. I was completely unaware of the celestial show happening just up in the sky. The lifelong scar that now sits on my…

Somewhere in between the trees

I step out into the cool morning air and pull the door closed gently behind me. I walk down the path and zip up my coat before reaching the gate. Sunday morning in the city: quiet, damp, peaceful. There is a still in the air that provides a perfect backdrop to my footsteps on the…

Sunday silence

  Sunday morning, not a cloud in the sky. There’s a peacefulness in the air that I’ve not felt in a while. With only a gentle breeze wafting through the branches, the city is unusually quiet. I am alone but for the bees buzzing from one purple Chive flower to the next. Taking a sip…

Boxfresh

It was a beautiful spring afternoon when I first spotted them. I wasn’t even searching – they just appeared out of nowhere. Completely smitten, I walked through the doorway and stepped onto the escalator. I watched shoppers glide down in the opposite direction, occasionally making eye contact with me. I made my way over to…

Enough

  I am too old. I am not cute. I am too short. I’m not successful enough. I don’t have a toned body. My hair is peppered with grey. I am single. I can’t drive. And I care too much… With my mind spinning out of control like a defective rocket, I try to control…

The music and the moments

A light early morning drizzle comes to rest gently on my face. I close the front door and breathe deeply. Pressing play, my short journey begins. I take the shortcut though the passageway towards the common. ‘No Doubt’ comes playing out of my earphones. It seems that lately I’ve been listening to this album on a…

On Guard

It would definitely shatter a bone, or two. The heavy iron end would smash through anything that got in its way. The protruding spikes were blunt and weighty. A shiver runs down my spine as I picture how many people have been on the receiving end of its deadly blow. Next to them sits the…

Been there…

I’ve seen it before. I’ve sat at my desk with a hot ginger tea. I’ve watched the steam swirl up and out of the blue mug. I’ve turned my head to look out of the glass: the same grey sky, the same cold breeze blowing through my open window. With the same words written on…

The edge of tomorrow

  Another train journey, another fiery sunset burning across the sky. People on the carriage are reading, and texting, and stretching and dozing. I want to pick up the book that I’ve been trying to finish for the past month…but I’m too sleepy. The music playing deep in my ears seems to be putting me…

Fall

Rain falls hard onto cold concrete slabs. Black umbrellas and glistening shoes surround me. I watch as people weave in and out of each other, hurrying to get home from a day at the office. I feel a strange comfort in the sound of the drops bouncing heavily off my umbrella. A memory of lying…