• catbeazle commented on the post, somebody 1 year, 2 months ago

    I went into the bathroom for a shave. Somebody stared back from the mirror. Somebody with secrets that were keeping him sick.

  • catbeazle commented on the post, messenger 1 year, 2 months ago

    the messenger stood in the doorway, exhausted, breathless and reluctant to let go of what was in his hand; even he knew the pain those simple words scrawled on paper might bring.

  • catbeazle commented on the post, fields 1 year, 11 months ago

    These were the fields where, he knew, lay the bones of generations of men like him. Hard-workers, tillers of the land and as mortal, as passing as the clouds that scudded now overhead, toward the west.

  • catbeazle commented on the post, solidarity 6 years ago

    it was cold enough to crack stones and split the trees and yet over a hundred men and women had stood for hours at the gates of the factory, stamping frozen feet in ill-fitting shoes, their breath looping up into the bright, cold night air, all in solidarity with the men who had lost their jobs. To lose a job meant to lose one’s home and to lose…[Read more]

  • catbeazle commented on the post, pixels 6 years, 3 months ago

    pixel(s): noun. tiny elves who live inside computer screens. They represent different shapes and images by arranging themselves accordingly and by wearing one of three coloured hats: red, blue or green.

  • catbeazle commented on the post, flee 6 years, 3 months ago

    a flea can flee
    but having fled
    becomes
    a flead,
    or so I read.

  • catbeazle commented on the post, decompose 6 years, 3 months ago

    I pushed slowly against the closet door. It pushed back, slowly. I kicked it hard and fast but someone on the other side kicked back equally hard. I decided on a gentler approach. On hands and knees I eased the door open and reached inside with my pocket flashlight. Leaning against the door I was able to open it up enough to fit my head inside.…[Read more]

  • catbeazle commented on the post, alarming 6 years, 3 months ago

    there once was a prince named charming
    whose jokes were really alarming:
    in public quite gracious
    but in private, salacious
    especially the one about farming.

  • catbeazle commented on the post, collage 6 years, 3 months ago

    I went to collage but couldn’t stick at it.

  • catbeazle commented on the post, antithesis 6 years, 3 months ago

    by analysis
    and synthesis,
    he realises
    the genesis
    of his antithesis
    his nemesis
    is.

  • catbeazle commented on the post, delve 6 years, 3 months ago

    I had to delve down the back of the sofa for money to buy a pot noodle. As i reached in, my arm went deeper and deeper – I could just feel the coins with the ends of my fingertips. Then blackness. I was falling – or was I? No, I was just floating. My eyes began to adjust to the lack of light, or rather the quality of this new light. So. Much.…[Read more]

  • catbeazle commented on the post, broadcast 6 years, 9 months ago

    at night the grass rages in the park
    across the river, the hill is silent
    and trees broadcast earth to sky
    repeating, “Life, life, life.”

  • catbeazle commented on the post, roof 6 years, 9 months ago

    When I was a kid, my bedroom window looked out onto a roof at the back of our house. One day I was helping my Dad as he was re-decorating my room. I felt sad for no reason, something that happened to me a lot then. I said “Dad, I don’t want you to die” I fought back tears, surprised and embarrassed at my own honesty. “Where will you go?”
    He…[Read more]

  • catbeazle commented on the post, simple 6 years, 9 months ago

    the flowers I brought for love
    were simples for its cure.

  • catbeazle commented on the post, ground 6 years, 10 months ago

    I am not afraid of heights. I’m not even really afraid of falling. Its hitting the ground that troubles me.

  • catbeazle commented on the post, wet 6 years, 11 months ago

    whatever dr amphor had given me, made my thoughts blaze like fireworks against the blackness of my mind. I moved slowly, like a reluctant waiter, underwater. a traffic light shone on the wet, black road, blinking […]

  • catbeazle commented on the post, secret 7 years, 1 month ago

    the wind stole my breath
    and wordless I was bereaved
    of all my secrets.

  • catbeazle commented on the post, statement 7 years, 1 month ago

    he was stylish in a loud, obvious way. his clothes made a statement. the kind of statement made under duress, at 3.00am, in a hot police cell.

  • catbeazle commented on the post, doorknob 7 years, 2 months ago

    I turned from the window, where I had been gazing out at the meadows where we used to walk and the distant oak trees where we had tried many times to shelter from the rain. The sadness in my heart turned to a jolt […]

  • catbeazle commented on the post, bucket 7 years, 2 months ago

    a child on the beach
    I held a bucket
    brimful;
    plastic handle
    quivered;
    in this small water
    all the gravity and mass
    of an ocean
    returning to itself