Sweet Images of Her

My love returns in dreams.  As I drift off to sleep she appears by my bedside and climbs in, her warm body curling up next to mine, her breath sweet and warm and comforting on my neck and face.  We embrace and kiss but then I awake and she’s gone, and once again loneliness crushes…


Interview With An Addict

“How long have you been an addict?” “Since I was thirteen.” “How old are you now?” “Twenty eight.” “So you’ve been an addict for fifteen years.” “Wow!  Fifteen years?  Jesus … is it that long?  That’s incredible!” “How did you start?” “I was with some friends … they injected me.” “You let some friends inject…


The Tokoloshe Voodoo Doll

You know how easy it is for an argument to reach epic proportions, where deep-seated grudges, fears and anxieties surface and where memories that are best left in the deepest and darkest recesses of the mind suddenly come to the fore — memories that once awakened unleash legions of enraged demons?  My wife and I…


The Driver

I had a couple of hours to spare every day, especially in the morning before going to work and in the afternoon.  My guitar repair workshop was on the first floor of a large music shop.  The shop didn’t open until 9 o’clock.  I’d generally start working around 9:30 AM.  I was self-employed and could…


A Christmas Tale

It was Christmas Eve when the prison gates opened and out stepped Jack a free man after doing an eighteen month stretch for petty theft and small-time narcotics dealing.  His blue slate eyes took in everything around him. After years of thieving, Jack could spot an opportunity a mile away. He robbed food from supermarkets,…


Mischievous Children

Me and Tommy Smith, dressed in our Life Boys’ uniform: sailor’s hat, navy blue trousers and crewneck jumper decorated with badges, got off the bus at the top of the Lane — the long dusty Lane, eerily quiet and with a granite cobbled road leading down from Woolwich Road, passed our houses and all the…


QUANTITY THEORY OF FOOD CONSUMPTION

There I was feeling full up after eating breakfast (was I really full?), wondering why I had stuffed so much food into my gut.  The fact is I hadn’t eaten much.  Breakfast for me consists of a small piece of fish, a solitary sardine or maybe a small piece of tinned mackerel, and half a…


The Witness

Lord I swear I ain’t never seen nothing like I saw this afternoon. I’ve lived in this neighbourhood for thirty years and nothing like it has ever happened before. I am now a prime witness in a child abuse scandal that quite frankly has taken me by surprise, which is surprising in itself considering the…


WELCOME TO GUN TOTING USA

It was a hot July day in Fort Wayne, Indiana, when 22 year old John P Taylor went on a shooting spree inside his sister’s home where he lived.  Using a semi-automatic rifle, he gunned down his brother, his sister’s fiancé and two family friends.  All four people died.  If you’re going to kill people,…


Selfish to the bone

I’m standing in a bar and staring down into my drink, reflecting on my life and wondering what I can do to fix things that are wrong. My wife and I are constantly arguing. Sometimes the arguing gets out of hand. Things get thrown around. Plates have hit the wall. I got a fork embedded…