‘Footsteps’, by Jacqueline Woods

Pain permeates her dreams, Seeps into this anaemic morning. Sucking breath to unhinge each joint stuck fast through the cramp of night. The bathroom is an agony away, Tender feet must scrape each step while Wincing fingers trace the rails along her jagged journey. Tap turners levered by cankered wrists bring the gush and plunge […]

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‘Shooting stars’, by Marion Michell

Worst days pain ricochets like shooting stars with pinball crushes. Oh the love! Releases fiery goo when ramming rib, tooth, bone. Skull reels alone; body razed by frequent flyer flares, flags pushed here there, declaring consternation zones. Each smart begets another, emulates, and brass bands march in new-laid grooves, playing their loudest, most discordant tunes. […]

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‘The Diagnosis’, by Roseanne Watt

A rookery, long abandoned now,  had been built inside my body. I don’t know where the birds went or why, one day, they uninhabited, leaving only their barbed-wire  residues, strung across the boughs of my hips; all sticks and spit,  all hollows meant for holding  something small, still desperately alive. I’m sorry – I’m afraid  […]

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