PAINTING PARADISE WITH SOMEONE ELSE’S COLOURS

  We painted walls into the paradise we wanted before I learned colour had its limits. Borders had been beaten into our canvas long before I touched the brush with borrowed thoughts. We painted orange coloured stars and wild hopes onto concrete walls and I trembled as she told me the parrots, perfectly positioned inContinue reading “PAINTING PARADISE WITH SOMEONE ELSE’S COLOURS”

LIMITATION OF ROSES

  I had the biggest bedroom as a boy but curiosity picked the box room at the lighter end of the short corridor for my summer’s sojourn. I was always looking for other walls that caught the shadows of other lives being lived- to touch the thought, at that time, was tantamount to taking part.Continue reading “LIMITATION OF ROSES”

WHEN SEARCHING FOR WHO WE WILL BE, AFTERWARDS

  What if a rose grew on the far side of the moon, now, after, later? Would we spread out time to explore the space between the bloom and the branch? Nature is a construct, much like the moon- we don’t always consider it when we cut its roots or ignore its connection to theContinue reading “WHEN SEARCHING FOR WHO WE WILL BE, AFTERWARDS”

THE BIRDSONG RECALLS WHAT ONCE HUNG UPON THE HAWTHORN

  Last month, in the first breath of this coming season of the sun’s light, you crept in through the stillness of the solitude that the birds had begun to sing of and spread out across the swaying branches as we foraged for distractions beneath. I climbed you, on occasion, to release my feet fromContinue reading “THE BIRDSONG RECALLS WHAT ONCE HUNG UPON THE HAWTHORN”

CLASSIFIED UNDER NO NAME

Would I have kept you closer, longer, if you’d been a soft toy that found my empty arms when the nights were endless instead of your characteristically classy chaos the posters never chose to optimize or were we meant to be just chalk running into the deluge of the rainstorm? Should I have been lessContinue reading “CLASSIFIED UNDER NO NAME”

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY; COMFORT COOKING DURING QUARANTINE

Rocket pesto and ricotta meatballs Almond cookies  Pork pie Buddha bowl Frittata    glazed chicken adobo thighs   Ham cheddar and chive bread Apple, strawberry and almond sponge Irish soda bread   Sausage, vegetable and rosemary traybake Smoked Salmon chilli and chive quiche Chicken chorizo stew Orange Breakfast Muffins Chicken Thigh Traybake with leek, pea andContinue reading “WORDLESS WEDNESDAY; COMFORT COOKING DURING QUARANTINE”

KNUCKLE KNOTTED LIBERTY

  A navy jumper, twice monthly washed, a blue shirt and striped tie with a red thread. Grey trousers growing tighter though not getting any longer. I was 12 in patient leather shoes with points to piece the playground’s pricks, all sweaty under pit and after-school spit and fearless, only, in the face of otherContinue reading “KNUCKLE KNOTTED LIBERTY”

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