Words of calm should lull you into sleep, let you drop
Words of love should keep you warm, burn your toes
Words of pain should leave marks, scars forevermore
Words of promise should make chains, suffocate
Words of panic should drag against the floor, scrape
Words of misdirection should come with torn up maps Continue reading
I thought about how cafes are places to sit in a corner and disappear.
I looked in the three other corners of the room, and saw no loners.
Just empty cups of coffee, cake crumbs on the tables
They ‘d all successfully disappeared.
I judged myself with words on a notepad.
Rubbed them out with fury
to prove I can too. Here, I’m not. Continue reading
Swollen cheeks, dried blood down the side, baggy eyes, chewed up gums, torn out hair, smells off porridge, tastes of soap.
Sometimes smiles if you tickle them. Sometimes cries if you tickle them. Sometimes screams if you belittle them. I mean tickle them.
What am I?
Just a regular kind of guy. Right?
God damn the ones who say they’re sorry
God damn the ones who say they’re not Continue reading
Sleep inside the box
Walk outside the box
Dream inside the box
Swim outside the box
Lie inside the box
Talk outside the box
Hide inside the box
Leave air holes outside the box
Keep out others inside the box
Stuff glitter into an eviction letter envelope
Stick Santa hats on the homeless for the papers
Strap fairy lights around each dilapidated building
Sing Christmas songs to your shadow every morning
Slip in a Merry when you hurt all those around you
Sink in that sherry when the past comes back to haunt you
Sculpt a snowman from the shit of winter victims
Make it festive, make it right
Hear a jingle, let’s all mingle
It’s the Christmas spirit
Depression, grief, misfortune
They mean nothing with a good old ‘ho ho ho’
Merry Merry Christmas, to one and all.
Okay everybody, shut the hell up for one minute
I’m here today to talk to you all about attention
No, I’m here to criticise you all about attention
So look at me, and put those phones down! Continue reading