Identifying Parts of You in Plays

after Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams Violet descending, grieving light in the white shadeof a jungle that strangled the dinosaurs,Venus; the fly trap for a summer’s notebookof fine young cannibals along a coast of blazing sandswhere saint Sebastian dug down into sinand beak broke into the belly of all they had namedas enchanted. TheContinue reading “Identifying Parts of You in Plays”

The Sum Of

Everything is about numbers;numbers to hold,numbers to call,numbers to count you back to when you last came,to where you came from,to the miles you’ve movedsince then, the things you lost,the weight you gained, waiting.Everything is about numbers;race,pace,the breath you chase,the peace once possible,the place you never knew you were meant to be inin relation toContinue reading “The Sum Of”

THE HAIR ON THE BACK OF HIS NECK

  You had long black hair, a horse’s mane that I held as we rocked through early years and a red furry coat I never stopped to question while we rode across uncertain terrines that echoed his silence and her longing to not give up anything again. Even then, even at play, I knew theirContinue reading “THE HAIR ON THE BACK OF HIS NECK”

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”

WHEN IT WAS THE TIME FOR GROWING OUT

  We took the train, one day, a Sunday that a photograph suggests was set in summer, I remember how the wind wound whimsically round the wilderness of our youth as we watched waves crash currents upon crushed cliff as we came closer to watch those tides slip out further, pulling from us the laughterContinue reading “WHEN IT WAS THE TIME FOR GROWING OUT”

SOME THINGS ARE NONSENSE AND FOR ALL ELSE THERE ARE DISTRACTIONS

  I was tall, when I was a small child, but stopped later, somewhere in between adolescence and giraffe. A giraffe would be impossible to sit behind at the cinema. In the cinema, in Amsterdam, people talked like it was a cafe with an incredibly large background TV and didn’t seem to nonsense from theContinue reading “SOME THINGS ARE NONSENSE AND FOR ALL ELSE THERE ARE DISTRACTIONS”

SHINY HAPPY PERSON

  I do not play chess. I grew bored of board games at an early age, as an only child who lived in his head where fairies were magical and not mauled. I guess I had enough make believe on my shoulder, already. I was ultra-shy as a kid, I guess I didn’t understand whoContinue reading “SHINY HAPPY PERSON”

PLAYING FOR POSITION

  I played waiter on weekends to women and their well-worn wishes and worries, after or in between or in avoidance of the shopping and washing and cleaning and stewing, mothers sitting with mother, packed onto the flattened pile of the green velvet sofa, scorched with leftover tunes from parted parties and expired expectations, milkContinue reading “PLAYING FOR POSITION”

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