All My Friends are Extremists

December 26, 2021By adminShort Fiction No Comments

I get the feeling sometimes that everyone has gone slightly mad. Maybe it’s the lockdowns, maybe it was brewing before all that; perhaps it’s social media algorithms, or the weird, extreme political climate of the past few years. Or maybe it’s just the circles I move in. Just before the second lockdown, I had some … Read More

Kathy

October 16, 2021By adminShort Fiction No Comments

I was brought up by my sister, Kathy. Our parents died in an accident not long after I was born, and I became her ward. Kathy was still a teenager then. To this day, I don’t fully understand why she was landed with me, and I probably never will. The whole thing is shrouded in … Read More

You Can’t Do Voodoo

October 15, 2021By adminPoetry No Comments

My friend told me That he does voodoo I howled at that Sorry to laugh I said Yes, ok there may be some spooky action Possibly People can experience telepathy Most likely And we’re more perceptive than we know We are You said that But this is a waste Of energy. I get it though. … Read More

Strangers

October 15, 2021By adminShort Fiction No Comments

I can’t talk to my best friend any more. He took too many drugs and they made him stupid. I never thought it would happen, but somewhere along the line it has, and now he’s somebody else, someone I don’t know. If I knew exactly when it happened, I’d like to think that I would … Read More

At the Skating Rink

October 15, 2021By adminPoetry No Comments

I remember you At the skating rink You would have been about fourteen I was nine or ten All my friends were older than me It was Thursday nights They used to play whatever the chart dance music was at the time One of those things that tries to be cool for young teens School … Read More

I Was Not Like Them

October 15, 2021By adminShort Fiction No Comments

As a child, I remember garden parties; rich children in expensive clothes, their mothers choked in perfume talking about lunches and tans – all the pretty faces – and I, being poor, felt alone somehow, conscious that I was not like them. But I remember, as well, the children from my block on my road, … Read More

April 2020

October 15, 2021By adminPoetry No Comments

The trees don’t know any different and the animals are all coming into town Lions and tigers and bears – oh my! Or goats and deer at least, and not here – the LS4 postcode probably doesn’t hold much appeal to escaped farm animals and wild game Let’s be realistic This isn’t a film It … Read More

Only in Dreams

October 15, 2021By adminShort Fiction No Comments

My Uncle Ed died last week. I was sad to hear about that. I’d not seen him for years, but I remember him from being small and he was a nice man. When I was tiny, he used to pick me up and swing me high above his head and onto his shoulders and I’d … Read More

Standing in the Sea, Shouting at God

October 15, 2021By adminShort Fiction No Comments

I had a sudden moment of clarity as I eyed the pieces of junk. What was I supposed to say? What could I say? In the end I said nothing. I just sat there and stared at it all; the bits of broken glass and debris that he’d carefully placed on the floor. He’d arranged … Read More

The Creator

October 15, 2021By adminShort Fiction No Comments

The creator belched loudly and reached towards the packet of crisps by his side. Realising it was empty, he scowled and took another swig of lager. It was time for bed. He saved the game and switched the console off. Time stopped. In our world it stopped for thousands of years. But because everything had … Read More