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Melt – Nonsense by Robert Honour

I make buildings full of cheeseDreaded Dairy InfirmariesFull-fat yogurts, sent to dieTears of milk leak from their eyes Cattle cheer and goats they bleatSheepies stamp their woolly feetIce creams scream at what’s insideGreat big buttery genocide

Without Purpose or Direction – A Story by Robert Honour

Apparently, depression affects around five percent of the adult population. I’m not sure if the knowledge of this shared melancholia is comforting or whether it simply adds to the feeling of despair. Perhaps it’s meant to help us feel less isolated, though I can’t say that I find any solace in the fact that others […]

Wonder – A Poem by Paul Cooper

Possibility after possibility A vivid myriad of colours not subdued by compartmentalised constructs Endless explosions of ideas Each spark a catalyst for the next explosion On and on, no walls or barriers No limits, no exclusions, no prejudice Unlimited perceptions and theory’s imagined Free from the shackles of conformity And exclusive of the prison walls […]

The Chick-o-land Man – A Short Story by Robert Honour

The Chick-o-land Man The man first appeared during my fifth visit to Chick-o-land. In my thirty-something years on Earth, I had never previously seen the point of fast-food but, like many in post-pandemic Britain, my job had become increasingly more time-consuming and stressful leading to a reliance on the cheap and easy. For some reason, […]

The Ocean Floor – A Short Story by Robert Honour

The Ocean Floor Last Tuesday, I finally did what I had been aching to do my whole life. I walked straight into the ocean. No turning back. One foot in front of the other. See, I’ve lived on the coast my entire life. And I mean right on the coast. To give you a basic […]

Life on Hold – A Poem by Sue Skinner

I’m stuck in a black and white freeze frameFrozen in the deathly grip of ice and virus Heartbeat, breath and body comatose slow Caught in split second lasting minutes, hours, days, months. But when the ice begins to drip under a lukewarm sun When the virus is hobbled or tamed or shamed When light and […]

Despair – A Poem by Paul Cooper

Is it here?Is this how low I can go? Further?What is the limit, the measure? The depths of depravity, The essence of despair, How much more? Is enough enough? Will it ever be? How soon will I snap? Can the torture endure? Mind numbing resilience The surprise is both inward and outward A broken soul, […]

The Tremors – A Short Story by Robert Honour

The tremors started on a Tuesday.  I can’t say exactly when, but it must have been some time between 12:37am and 7:16am, as I noticed them reverberating the beer next to my bed as I awoke. Now, don’t go thinking that I’m a morning beer drinker. Far from it. I have an affectionate, but controlled […]

Memory – A Poem by Sue Skinner

I wish I could remember the old songs; Words learned long ago as a child effortlesslyNow fade into the fragile corners of my mindLike old washed out photographs Dimmed by age.I try to grasp them, as if waking from a dream,But they disappear in a puff of smoke Or break off and float into deep spaceNever to be […]

Positive/Negative – Poems by Paul Cooper

Positive You came to visit today, hello No invitation No warm welcome You were somehow expected And yet unexpected But now you’re here Not wanted anything to do with you You’ve annoyed me for years Lurking, festering in the shadows Striking without warning Taking some, leaving others No knowing how you will manifest Severe or […]

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