I Found A Note In My Porridge

I found a note in my porridge.

Most (every) morning I start the day with a bowl of Quaker’s Oats porridge. I use one sachet to ensure I’m not being overindulgent, and it keeps me going till lunch.

A note fell out of the last sachet I tore open, like those toys used to do in cereal boxes. I felt it was merely excessive packaging, a manufacturing fault. But then I turned it over.

”Does this make you happy?”
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Filling Time

Filling time with words
Filling time with sweat
Filling time with plans
Filling time with numbers
Filling time with people
Filling time with music
Filling time with boredom
Filling time with slumber
Filling time with lies
Filling time with meat
Filling time with masturbation
Filling time with boredom
Filling time with things
Filling time with building
Filling time with breaking
Filling time with pills
Filling time with breathing
Filling time with feeling
Filling time with laughter
Filling time with pasta
Filling time with Pete
Filling time with crime
Filling time with standing
Filling time with dying
Filling time with garbage

And time, it always leaks

So keep on filling

And you’ll just have to see


Choking on food in a public place, it’s one of those scenarios no one wants to be in. Being murdered by the food that one loves.

But it isn’t so much about the dying on pizza crust, chicken goujon, such poorly chosen words that makes it such a bad way to go.

It’s being surrounded by the ones that you love, and the strangers nearby. It’s bad performance art, and everyone has to squirm their way through your suffocation. Maybe as they watch you keel on the floor, they may wonder who will be paying the bill, rather than if everything will be okay. Maybe strangers will ask a waiter to go over to quiet things down, give a little ‘shh’ or a ‘I’m sorry, but please can you choke elsewhere?’ That sort of thing.

And if someone happens to Heimlich manoeuvre the block in your throat, well, what can you say as everyone watches? Will you thank them? Will they applaud? Will you carry on eating what came before? Will it even be brought up again?

So please, next time I’m up there choking, come on over and grip my throat tight. Make it quick so I can hear everybody cheer.


There is a touch of lag in this game of life.
One step forwards lands a day too


When it comes to pouring coffee

The cup has already moved. The burning sensation couldn’t

warn scorched hands.

And when decisions are final




Those memories have already been made

Just make sure the

floor you land


Is the same one you


stumbled on

Blame it on the lag

And maybe


It won’t feel so