A Cold World

The rising cost of heating his home made him shiver.Thin blankets feebly fought off the cold until pneumonia wrapped itself around his lungs.Now, at the crematorium, he’ll soon be warm. Next month, his only grandson will jet off to the sunshine of the Caribbean, burning through his inheritance. Published: Vine[…]

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The Age of Travel

The front wheels of Joan’s stroller wobble slightly as she pushes her way over the tiles onto the worn-out carpet. Manoeuvring her way past the hallway bookshelf, she pauses for a second to catch her breath and looks down at the loaded middle shelf.Thirty copies of her Lonely Planet’s Guidebooks[…]

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Temporary Pleasure

Bill held the fish steadily in his hand, admiring its natural beauty. Lowering it back into the burbling river, he pushed it to his left and watched it swim upstream. Filled with joy from his first catch, Bill flicked his hook in search of the next capture; another fleeting pleasure.[…]

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Resolution

Setting out my New Year Resolutions, the hardest task of the year. Achievable, without effort. Ignorable, when failed. 2023: I will be … that email ping sounds important : okay, I’ll review the pizza delivery first. Thinking about food, time for a coffee and another slice of Gran’s Christmas cake.[…]

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Patients

Why is he in here?Tanned and toned.Sitting there, tall and erect.A galleon, sailing high and proud, surrounded by all the old wrecks. I cough loudly into my hankie and he slowly turns his head towards me.A name is called and the old man by the radiator shuffles slowly towards the[…]

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Renamed

She died last night, yet I smile as I begin the process of calling her friends to share the sad news. Grandma’s address book is a coded document. One left for me to decipher. ‘The flower lady.’ ‘Number 16.’ ‘Land Army Dot.’ Curiosity leads me to check out my own[…]

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QUESTION OF HEALTH

It was a mistake when I asked him how he had been. Sometimes, I wish I wasn’t so damn polite. He started with a tinnitus update, then worked slowly down the body. When he went on about the problems with his lower back, I picked up my coffee and drank[…]

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Barred

I never saw the door closing, but I was battered by the whirlwind it created. One moment I was central to every aspect of her life, the next, I am locked out. Barred. Those open discussions, of earlier years, have dried up like a stoney desert river, with only the[…]

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One Hour

The hands creep relentlessly towards 2:00am. It’s nearly that moment when the clocks are moved forward.One hour less in bed. One hour less of my nighttime punishments.With the clock sitting on my chest, I twist the lever on that vanishing hour. 3:00am.So easy to eradicate.Yet it’s the wrong sixty minutes[…]

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FLIGHTS OF FANTASY

She knits birds. Colourful and lifelike. The legs and beaks are always the trickiest parts. A golden ribbon is attached around their necks, before they are released into the wild. Earlier, she will have chosen the right tree for launching her latest creation. After dark, she cycles to the location[…]

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