• rorourke commented on the post, losses 7 years, 2 months ago

    he totalled up the day’s casualties and injuries
    less than yesterday, signs of a falling trend
    more importantly, consistently less than the other side
    at home, the women wept

  • rorourke commented on the post, racket 7 years, 4 months ago

    that’s enough of your racket! when will I get a moment’s peace from you urchins. oooh this street’s gone right downhill; it was never the same after that nice Mr Wilson passed. No respect, that’s it. They’ve lost […]

  • rorourke commented on the post, treaty 7 years, 4 months ago

    after months of acrimony, possibly years if you think of the time before the divorce, since the intangible moment when our marriage turned into dysfunction, we came to a settlement, lawyers drawn at the ready

  • rorourke commented on the post, pile 7 years, 4 months ago

    don’t sit on the radiator, you’ll get piles!
    how we imitated the universal grandmother, sniggering as only 13-year-old girls can
    so immature
    we could not be told a thing

    later on, these grandmothers would […]

  • rorourke commented on the post, romance 7 years, 5 months ago

    the eyes glazed over
    several audible groans
    a head drops onto the desk, heavily, not noisily
    “not a soppy book, please”
    anything but that

  • rorourke commented on the post, engine 7 years, 5 months ago

    she kept us all going, pushing us ever, inexorably onwards
    never running out of puff, but still, we were made to hear the gears creak, the pistons whine
    at times we resented her
    we would have been lost without […]

  • rorourke commented on the post, function 7 years, 8 months ago

    what is the function
    everyone has one, where’s yours

    welcome to the room where we keep the people without a function

    behind this door is the functionless

    i didn’t realise that joining the tour made me […]

  • rorourke commented on the post, punishment 8 years, 2 months ago

    years afterwards, the sting of the cane forgotten, remain the shame and the image of laughing sneers

  • rorourke commented on the post, near 8 years, 2 months ago

    hot breath in the back of my neck
    I can hear the laboured intake and exhalation of air
    my skin crawls
    I turn round, with reluctance

  • rorourke commented on the post, discovery 8 years, 2 months ago

    the best is a rediscovery, something that had been sitting comfortably in the part of your mind you’d left unilluminated, waiting patiently for you to stumble round and notice it

  • rorourke commented on the post, elastic 8 years, 2 months ago

    watch out fer yer granny’s drawers
    she leaves them hangin on tha line
    ye run unda them, get yersel caugh
    th’elaccys loose, yull run a mile wi’out i comin off tha liyne

  • rorourke commented on the post, driving 8 years, 2 months ago

    me round the bend, up the wall, to my wits’ end
    don’t you dare tell me it’s all in my head, that I choose to be a victim
    time for me to take off the seatbelt and shove you off the wheel

  • rorourke commented on the post, brick 8 years, 2 months ago

    where could the culprit be found?
    the broken-down wall?
    the debris scattered in the street?
    the shattered glass?
    the bloodied edge?
    the arm, outstretched.
    a release.

  • rorourke commented on the post, bulb 8 years, 2 months ago

    sitting in the ground
    lurking under soil
    potential life
    hiding in the dark
    waiting for spring

  • rorourke commented on the post, manager 8 years, 2 months ago

    as a manager, he just manages
    But seriously, when did management become about following orders from management higher up, enacting strategies copied in name alone from never read studies?
    what happened to thought?

  • rorourke commented on the post, level 8 years, 2 months ago

    what level are you? what level is he? why am I this level? how do I get to the next level? what is the average level? is it getting easier for the children to reach the higher levels? can you ask that of a low-level child? how are you catering to the top-levels? *CLUE: it’s […]

  • rorourke commented on the post, boiling 8 years, 2 months ago

    boiling with rage? perhaps, though he kept the lid down
    certainly simmering

    you saw his lips tighten, a visibly lengthy exhale, nostrils flaring
    you’d only notice if you chose to look

    I kept myself calm by watching him

  • rorourke commented on the post, root 8 years, 2 months ago

    we pulled it out of the ground
    you must grip close to the base, near the soil, or only the stem will snap off in your hand, a quick, sharp, unsatisfactory feeling
    not like the lingering, deep drawing out of the tap root

    you always brush the hairlike rootlets with your finger after, bewitched

  • rorourke commented on the post, wings 8 years, 2 months ago

    the buds on our backs itch, ache
    we contort our shoulders,
    push, rub against our chairs for comfort
    surreptitiously, afraid of being spotted
    camouflaging ourselves

    one day we will burst free

  • rorourke commented on the post, step 8 years, 2 months ago

    in mazy turquoise leotards, wrinkling at the human creases,
    on the step and off again
    up and down
    up and over
    up and kick
    down

    try not to trip