Monday, 27 April 2015

I'd Do Anything For Love (Yeah, Even That)

I've always been a bit of a dreamer. Enjoyed a woman who is a screamer but also pined for something a little deeper. Well now there's a geezer in my freezer who I opened up with a cleaver. And I've been looking after his wife but she's turning out to be a proper cockteaser. If killing the bastard who beat her doesn't please her, I don't know how I'm ever going to get her to let me feel her and squeeze her.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Scrawling Messages to Christ

I'm putting up post-it notes on my wall. They're letters to Jesus in handwritten scrawl.

"Lord, give me the strength to go on. The dishes my housemates left in the sink are starting to pong."


"Jesus..... I'm scared, I wasn't prepared for her to have perfect hair. She had three uniform ringlets just hanging there, I tried hard not to stare. I'm not a lesbian I swear, so I hope you don't care."


"God, my housemates didn't give me their rent again. I overheard them, they said I was a four out of ten."


"Father, I sinned, I swore and I cussed, I'm probably pregnant and my heart's gunna bust."


"Christ, do you hear me? Do you care at all? I know in the grand scheme of things I'm pretty small, but I have nothing... nothing else anymore."

Sad Little Sucks

I sit there watching the days go by, the little children growing old while their grandparents die. The world spins around me all busy and fake, I'm totally ignored, motionless, like a buoy in their wake. I feel like I'm waiting, some part of me stuck, longing for a bite of happiness but only getting sad little sucks.

Dancing With Trench Feet

I love it in these trenches. I love it how my heart always wrenches. Down here I feel safe in my misery, safe in my fear. Some boys are scared of the dark, I've always just been scared of girls and their mocking hearts. But in complete darkness, you seldom hear even the cruellest of girls laugh. So I'll never give my heart to anyone, no matter how sweetly they ask.

Shooting Stars Over Garden Paths

Life flew past overhead, on a merry dance we were led. All those wasted hours it kept us in bed, fleeting dreams our only bittersweet consolation to playing dead. All those tears it made us shed. All those moments it left us in dread. All those internal battles it left us to fight alone in our head. All those regrets it burdened us with over things we said and things that were left unsaid. But I'd be lying if I said I wanted the merry dance to ever end. I'd like life to take me dancing again and again and again.

Friday, 24 April 2015

The Pongos

Death flew past overhead, but it sometimes crept alongside our feet instead. It always watched over us in our beds, and it would cradle us in its arms whensoever we were bled. We cried because we couldn't remember the last time we were fed, we fought over moulding lumps of bread, but it didn't matter. Soon we'd be dead.

Dispossessed

When was the last time I saw a dirty ear? I haven't been up close and personal with anybody in years. All I ever hear are boos and jeers as I walk down the road mumbling all my fears. Even though I used to be a company man, licking boots and butts and shaking all the hands, now they're whispering and staring, telling me I'm scaring these kids? These kids are scared of life. They don't know the horrors of having a house and a wife. They can't even be bothered pretending to be polite. I'd make them pretend whilst I stick them with my knife.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Hide And Weep

She's been playing hide and seek with her heart again. Each day, she implores me to go look for it. And each day, I return defeated.

"Look again."

"Do I have to?" I sigh.

"Don't you want to find it? If you do, it's yours to keep forever."

And that's the thing. I used to think I did. But now if I found it, I'm so exhausted, I don't think I'd even know what to do with it.


An Outpouring Of Despairity

I know love is a lie. I knew she'd never stay by my side. So to my lover, I never even suggested we go for a drive. Not even to Bodmin. I'm a master in the art of being forgotten, if only it followed that I was also a master in the art of forgetting. I look around Falmouth and see nothing but this modern apathy spreading. And so many reminders of things I'm forever privately regretting. How can people be so callous in the things they are shedding, in the things they are wrecking? Am I too sensitive or is life really this upsetting? Maybe I should go for a drive. Even without her by my side. Maybe I should just drive and drive. Until my feelings are lost in a tunnel of swirling lights. Until the day I die.


This Bitch Couldn't Even Meet Me A Quarter Of The Way

When I typed Yeovil into the sat nav I felt strangely hopeful. By the time I'd reached Okehampton, and nearly crashed a dozen times desperately checking my mobile, I felt fucking woeful. I parked the car and trudged through the ruins of the castle, feeling like a complete and utter arsehole. We should have been laughing together in Tintinhull Gardens. We should have been strolling hand in hand through Yeovil Scarplands. Instead, I'm dragging myself through these remains, wondering when exactly they became such a fitting metaphor for my pain, whilst you're off somewhere playing your silly games.


She Won't Even Meet Me Halfway

When I first noticed her, desire hit me faster than a Japanese maglev train. And now she's taken up permanent residence in my heart and brain. I should start charging her rent but instead she pays me in pain. And there was me thinking, I was low enough never to find myself falling again. But even when I'm crawling I always seem to find myself falling. And the landing is never in the least bit rewarding. Whilst others talk about their hearts soaring, I forever seem to find mine stalling.


Dole Me Out Anything You Can Spare, Even Just Miserly Driblets (Please)

I finally know what I'm doing. I'm not floating, I'm not sinking. I've not even a driblet, let alone a body of water, to be able to tread. I'm not living, I'm not dead. To complete nothingness I am permanently wed. My blood has all been bled. My heart and veins are just whistling air vents. My friends and lovers have all fled. I'd go with the flow if I knew where to find it, I'd submerge if I had something to sink into, I'd let the stream of waste carry me in its stinking wake of sick just to feel something again.


Friday, 17 April 2015

The Joys Of Marriage

I say good morning and try to be adoring, she half-heartedly offers me her cheek and just carries on yawning. I make her breakfast, she sits there looking through her day's checklist. I wonder if it includes 'Ignore husband and make him feel like absolutely nothing'? I bid her a good day, she's not even looking at me as she walks to the car and throws a wave my way. I call her at lunch to see how she's going and remind her that she's loved, she's always engaged or just doesn't answer. Sometimes if I'm lucky I'll get a text back a couple of hours after. "Sorry, really busy. Anything important? If not, I'll catch you later." When she catches me later, I make her dinner whilst she sits there texting and browsing Twitter. I say good night and she just rolls over and turns out the light.

James Kennedy And 0 Others Like This

Everyone these days is afraid of showing any feelings. Scared of being serious. Everyone's spending all their time trying to find the perfect angle from which their selfie looks most appealing. Everyone has confined themselves under artificial lights and ceilings. Don't you just once long to burst free? Turn off your phone and listen to yourself simply breathe? Do it, please. And explore something, anything with me.

Even Recurring Motifs Can't Dilute Our Unparalleled Grief

The sadness drains me every time I sit in that carriage. The one in which I got down on one knee and asked for your hand in marriage. Every year, I retrace my misery from St Pancras to Paris. Love kicks like a mule and when you said no, it booted me right up the fucking arris.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Agitation, frustration, flagellation and self congratulation

She strode across the road, sunshine caught between the golden strands of her hair. Her skin was fair, barely there, she swept up all my cares and left me standing there stupidly, dumbfounded, I stared at her as my heart pounded. We were surrounded, but all I saw was her. My chest collapsed as time elapsed, realizing I'd never hold her in my arms. She was beyond my mediocre charms, my ugly face, and my hairy palms. I could only capture her with my eyes, briefly. Her beauty made me despise, completely, my very existence. That even with the utmost persistence, she would always be resistant to my feelings.

She somehow made my life even less appealing.



Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Easier Said Than Done

We all die. Some of us in pain, some of us at peace. Some of us in fear, some of us with relief.

We all love. Some of us have it returned, some of us are spurned. Some love dies, some forever burns. Some sit in the shadows and quietly yearn for their turn.

There's no plan for you. If there's a God, they don't have your life mapped out for you. It's just random luck if we win or lose. We don't get to choose. So just be kind, do your best and try not to worry about the rest.

He Died In His Sleep

Alone in his dreams. Alone in his bed. Alone in his house. They came and bundled all his belongings into bin bags. I don't know what they did with them after that. No one cared enough to find out. Could have been me. If we'd been in a line-up, you could easily have picked me out.

No one shares my dreams. Everyone who shares my bed, leaves. I'm running out of tricks to pull out of my sleeve. Don't put my belongings in bin bags. Just put me. Cut me up and throw me out to sea. I'm sick of this never-ending melancholy. Let me be free.

Play Him Off Keyboard Babes

Life was a crazy rollercoaster and Jimmy-Jamz just wanted to ride it. No, perhaps that's too simplistic. He wanted to kick everyone else off, and wrap himself up in the rollercoaster until he became the rollercoaster, until he was the one hurtling and careening all over the tracks, barely holding on, and screaming in an adrenaline infused fury. That's why, when some old skeez said, "hey buddy, wanna buy this new drug?" Jimmy-Jamz punched him in the mouth and took all he had for free. "Life's fucking for free, man, you can't charge for things in life, you've got the wrong fuckin' headspace," said Jimmy as he walked away, flicking his cigarette stub on the crumpled whimpering heap that used to be a man.

Of course Jimmy smashed every last pill, because designer drugs are obviously named so since they're watered down for pussies and wankers and little teenybopper kids. He figured that he'd have to take at least 10 times the regular dose just to get one hit, but even the drug at the concentration appeared to have no effect. Jimmy reckoned he could still punch a bastard out in one hit. He tested the theory just to make sure, and sure enough he could. It was at that point he smashed down the rest of the bag and gave it 30 minutes. Still nothing happened. He decided to go back to that geezer and get a violent refund, but by the time he wandered back in the club the guy was gone. The puddle of muck he'd left was smeared in the direction of the rear fire exit, so Jimmy followed it. He pushed through from the buzzing hum of the club out into the cold and suddenly silent seeming alleyway. He took a deep breath and looked for more evidence. A trail of blood, tears and snot droplets were leading along the side of the building where they suddenly stopped. Perhaps he'd gotten in a car, thought Jimmy. He crossed the alley looking for any other evidence. When he turned back he noticed a ladder part way up the wall. Could that bastard have dragged himself up there after getting the beating of his life?

Jimmy was on the roof in no time flat, and sure enough there was the geezer, hovering shakily by the edge muttering to himself. "Oi what are you doin' dickhead?" Jimmy yelled as he approached. "Those drugs didn't do shit, I have half a mind to-" the geezer wheeled round and seeing Jimmy's face again gave him a shock that made him weak in the knees. He teetered backwards, waving his arms about as if flapping in circles. Fear and panic contorted his face into a look of horror. Jimmy instinctively reacted, grabbing the guys shirt front, sending them both over the edge. The geezer hit the pavement first, with a wet thud and no further noises. Jimmy landed softly like a ninja nearby, soundless and without a single twinged muscle. "Weird," said Jimmy, as he looked up at the rooftop they'd fallen from, "that was at least eight metres."

Soon Jimmy hit the road. His career, which until now had consisted of petty thuggery, took off in strange new directions. He started jumping off houses for a couple of bucks, but within 6 months he was in Vegas, jumping off the tallest building, landing on one of those giant oversized walk-on keyboards on a fake beach, surrounded by cheering bikini girls. Fireworks were going off as he landed lightly on middle C without a scratch. He was being interviewed extensively by attractive news anchors for his unique witticisms: "what's your message to kids that wanna be like you?", "well, if you wake up one day and realize you're just a dildo designed to frig pigs, don't try to be something you're not, just frig those pigs as best you can. If you wake up one day and realize you're a fuckin' star, then you can try to be like me, but it takes a lot of hard beatings, and lot of hard drugs to make it."


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

I thought I'd found the answer, but it turned out it was cancer.

The pain was with me always. By my side. Pressing itself against me. I could manage a smile at times, for a child playing, looking curiously upon my white skin and breathing apparatus. But that was all. The only smiles I had left I gave to them, and then I was exhausted. My family got my pursed lips, bells ringing, straws crooked into the side of my mouth as I desperately sucked, vomit, distress, panic and various other discharges of emotion and sickness. I crept along with wheels, hating life and desperately wanting it at the same time. Sometimes I heard bells in the distance, Chinese chanting... monks perhaps. I hadn't felt my fingers in weeks. My arms just stopped somewhere between my elbow and wrist. My face was a horror store mask, twisted and melting; the hair looked fake and barely attached, it came away in fuzzy tufts.

A child I'd smiled at came up and asked me about the tubes. As I was sitting there in a wheelchair with a blanket covering my legs, I told her it was scuba gear for mermaids. She laughed, said The Little Mermaid could sing under water and above water so she must have lungs and gills. She'd obviously thought about this before. She said goodbye and went on her way. Give it a week and she'd forget I existed. Give it a week and perhaps I won't.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Orphaned little snippets lanced in the thicket

Wandering through life listless. Ageing faster than you'd like. Not having a chance to stop and think about what you really want, or where you're going, or what you're doing. Just waking up to a burst of occasional reality, feeling bewildered and lost as if you've changed planets, as if you just exited the Matrix. And then just as suddenly you're back in, lost in a messy world of thoughtless uninspiring entertainment. Billboards, concrete, plastic, neon-lights, screens, mirrors, glass. A world where time to ourselves, internal monologue and thoughtfulness is dead. When was the last time you took some time just to think? To gather orphaned little snippets and come up with original thoughts? My focus is bombarded by scatter shots of tiny distraction. Thoughts lost, slipping through the fingers of my mind as soon as they appear, never to be followed.

We're all either filling time or dying.



Saturday, 11 April 2015

Ptyalize ribbon round the old oak tree

I thought I liked her. I thought she was the one for me. I'd told my little secret to one of my other female friends, and girls talk, it got around. Out of the blue one afternoon after school, she came up to me and said: "you're a really nice person." I felt awkward and looked away, beaming on the inside. The other girls were egging her on, giggling from the sidelines. One of their father's came over and said loudly: "come on girls, stop teasing him," and hurried them all away. I was left by myself to wonder, under a stained statue of the virgin mary, whether it had all been a joke at my expense or if she wanted to be my girlfriend.

(she didn't)

I talked to her a few years later, a long time after our paths diverged. She confided to me that she'd slept with all her close friends. I felt sick to my stomach.

E330

She was sour inside. Someone had used her up, taken all her sweet nothings and run away. Left her to dry up and acetify. All she had left now was a sour taste in the back of her throat and a bedroom full of regrets. Sometimes she dwelt. Sitting on the cold bathroom tiles with an empty bottle, slicing herself like a lemon. Letting all the sour out.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

A Call To Arms

Let's become one
Let's argue
But let's never leave each other's side

To support someone and share their victories, big and small
How could there possibly be a greater source of pride?
I want to be your confidant
I want to be your guide
Your feelings aren't anything I want you to ever have to hide
If sometimes we fail, better together than alone that we tried.

These Trenches Are Killing Me

Every e-mail address of mine, every phone number, every bar I've propped up, every road I've worn down and that has worn me out, they're haunted by long-repressed regrets over people I've tried my very best to forget. They all made it look so easy. Why does yesterday always leave me feeling queasy? And tomorrow never feels like anything but an opportunity to finally free me?

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Kyōdai

He doesn't respect me as a person. He doesn't respect the facts. Facts are meant to be respected. Spinning facts for your own gain is the work of politicians and psychopaths. But he isn't a politician. He doesn't think I add any value. Besides using me to measure his life against. To feel good about himself, looking at me and quantifying his success. He had his name up in lights once... When he put his business card on a lamp shade. He travelled the globe, altruistically giving alms to the poor... When he fled the country amidst bankruptcy and decided to shake down tourists for their last few dollars.

When I was eight years old, I went to church, and the priest read Jesus' words about forgiving your brother: "you must not forgive your brother seven times, you must forgive him seventy times seven." I snuck into my Father's office, borrowed his pocket calculator and did the maths. It really didn't look that big of a number. I wondered how close I was. How soon I could stop.




Monday, 6 April 2015

Expire

It's hard to be useless at something. It's hard not to want the world to end. It's hard sometimes not to punch people in the face, but we manage. We drag ourselves along by some miracle of perseverance, like an invisible hand reaching down and pulling us along by the shirt front, as our heads tilt back, lolling around like newborns, and our toes scrape through the dirt. We let ourselves be dragged for 60 or so conscious years, through unpleasantness after unpleasantness, all the stuff we'd rather not deal with, all the things we'd rather not do or have done to us. Then, when we get to the end of the line, the hand lets go and we fall in a pile and shit and piss ourselves where we lay. I wish the hand would instead reach down and spin the earth faster, so everyone I hate would hurry up and be dead.

Eschaton

When the Berlin wall fell, we knew it was over. All the dark years of constant fear and worrying had come to an end. We used to keep away, but now we could wander the cobblestones of back alleys, even at night. Touts had moved in, setting up shop and hawking in makeshift flea markets. I found one once, two young children selling wares, sharp knives, watches, heroin. Another man, perhaps their father, was taking a pick axe to parts of the wall that still hadn't come down, making fist-sized souvenirs for tourists. All of the soviet's power had come to this: relics and dust. He looked back over his shoulder occasionally, between bouts of hacking it all away. This was a new world we were living in. The 90's proceeded in a new way, without any super villains - the fascists were gone, the socialists had been routed, the world seemed empty of threats. Life became simple for the first time, until the planes hit in 2001. Until the shifting shadows of terrorism scared us back inside, to once again hide shivering under our beds. The optimism and spirit of the 90's didn't end with Prince partying in December 1999, they ended on a Tuesday.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Remember When We Used To Skip Across Village Greens

I can't stand all this violence in the world. All this casual sex. Everyone's too busy sending texts to have any regrets. Find me a corner of the country still left unspoiled. I'm not afraid of hard work. I'm afraid of falling in love with someone who thinks to reciprocate my love would be undeserved. How much pain does one have to endure for love to be earnt?

Even Jesus Didn't Have It This Hard

When you want to wake up with someone particular lying next to you in bed, but you wake up instead with just them floating around your head, then your legs feel like lead and merely getting up to open the curtains fills you with dread. You know the sun won't be shining. You know you won't be able to see any silver lining. It whispers to you: "I'm hiding." You're crawling through life whilst others seem to be gliding. So you climb back into bed. Think about sending the object of your desire a text. But you don't want these feelings of yours to spread. So instead, to no avail, you just pull the duvet over your head. And listen to the clock until enough hours have been shed for you to get up and find some water to tread.

You're Something

I was thinking of getting away. Driving north for several hours. Finding a neglected looking grave and laying down some flowers. Because we all need to be remembered. Hopefully for the better. But don't wait until everyone's dead. Find an old friend's address and write them a letter. Your time together may have passed but the memories can still last. And they don't have to be bittersweet. Think of them as a piece in the puzzle of the dreams you're striving to complete.

Crushed

I spent all day lying in front of the wheels of your car. You've driven to work every day of your life but for the first time in your life, that day you decided to walk. And you walked straight past me. I was too shy to say anything. I just wanted you to notice me. Even the postman seemed oblivious. Oh, love... it's gut-wrenching, it's absolutely hideous. And how it creeps up on you and grabs you is insidious. To fall in love with you was maybe too ambitious. But I didn't plan it, it's your fault for being so brilliant.

If Only I Could Tipp-Ex Out My Feelings For You

All the ugly words that life makes me churn out, I wanted to write something beautiful for a change. So I wrote your name in the back of my notepad and felt fifteen again. But the more I stared at it, I realised my heart was in pain. For you probably wouldn't even remember my name and even if you did you'd deign it a stain on any page.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Delicate Straw

Do you know how much I miss you? Do you know how much I long to kiss you? Well of course you don't. You're lying there in your wooden coat. Whilst I'm lying here in the arms of a scarecrow. Oh why does God write such ridiculous jokes? Why does life always take from me the things that I love the most?

Fading Light

Oh I'm so sorry to be going. To know I'll never wake up again to see it snowing. To know I won't ever again have the pleasure of watching the plants in my garden slowly growing. To see Her untie her hair and quietly die inside whilst I watch it spill over her shoulder. To not be able to look into her eyes as I finally fulfil my dream and hold her.

Friday, 3 April 2015

True Love Is Never Slavery, It's Being Inside A Beautiful Aviary

Every day I come home inspired, after spending 8.5 hours getting wired. I climb into bed and draw invisible maps across your back, of all the places I plan to take you. If only I could wake you. If only I could shake you from this sleep you've fallen into. I won't ever stop trying. With you, the bird in my head is always flying. When his wings sometimes falter, he doesn't panic or start crying. He rests for a moment and if you listen closely, you can hear him contentedly sighing. Building up his energy again, for his love is undying. When we first met, butterflies escaped their net and burst into my chest. I loved you in life, I'll love you in death.

Scribbled On The Back Of A Beermat In Between Inviting Some Slag Back To My Flat

Advantages of being a drunk -
I seldom give a fuck
I'm never too inhibited to ask for cunt
I can take a harder punch
I don't ever have to bother making lunch.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

It Kicks Like A Mule

"Cunt cunt cunt. Fucking idiot," I muttered to myself, as I tore away from my girlfriend's house. We'd just spent the most awkward hour of my life together after I'd declared my love to her for the first time and she'd changed the subject. What is wrong with people? Why are they always thinking the grass is greener elsewhere? Can't they just be grateful and make the most of what they've got. I knew I wasn't the most handsome of lovers but I thought what I lacked in looks, I more than made up for in other ways. Obviously not. Well fuck her, I thought to myself, turning off my phone and walking as fast as I could to... wherever my legs took me.

A year or so later after I'd last seen her, my self-loathing and embarrassment had finally subsided enough for me to turn on my old phone again and see if she'd left any messages. She had. It was the first one that hit me the hardest though. She'd sent it straight after I'd left her house that day. "Sorry I didn't say it back. I was overwhelmed. It was all I could manage not to cry lol. I love you too xxx"

Frantically, I returned to her house. She'd moved. No forwarding address. Eventually I found a tiny obituary for her on Google. I've never vomited so much in my life. I was still throwing up even when there can't have been a single particle of food left inside of me.

Dom's Favourite 5 Microstories Of Jemzbawls From 2015 Q1

1) THIS ONE

Seal That Death Jar Nice And Tight And Get The Fuck Out Of My Life

2) THIS ONE

Flushing You Out Of My System

3) THIS ONE

Career Advice From Lord Lucan

4) THIS ONE

Being Scared

5) AND THIS ONE

Notes From The Trenches, March 2015

No Wings to Shelter Under 2: The Uncy Dome-ning

I'm a good man, and Mother always said you can't keep a good man down. Actually, she didn't ever say that, she was never around. But if she had been, then well, perhaps I wouldn't have drowned. I mean, I'm sure it happens all the time in a lakeside town, playing by the water's edge and no one hears a sound. I was grasping at the surface light, haloing down upon me like a crown, but I was sinking to the bottom as if I weighed a hundred pounds.

The stars disappeared from the sky - I smiled as I waved them all goodbye

Every day I come home tired, after spending 8.5 hours trying not to get fired. The aches and pains that creep across my back, will be ignored until my whole spine subdues and cracks. What's the point in taking time for oneself, when you can't even look at yourself, and you just feel like filth? Concentrating heavily on what a waste your life is, how ugly your wife is, and your kids being a massive source of guilt. You should never have started doing the horizontal hustle, because now your life's become the ouroboros shuffle.

A Desperate Plea

I can't seem to get hold of anyone. No one answers when I phone. When I ring their doorbell, they're never home. I text them and e-mail them and I send them messages on Facebook and WhatsApp, I even fucking tweet them and everything, but I don't ever hear anything back. What is that they all think I lack? Won't someone please just reply before I give up for good and turn all my screens and then my head black.

The Meatman

My father was a butcher, and when I was young I would visit him in his shop and walk among the hanging carcasses on the cutting room floor. Surrounded by pink and white flesh, and the stink of a chemically sterile death, I would look inquisitively and help my father locate the choicest cuts. He let me arrange the window dressing and choose which flavour of seasoned rissole should be today's pick. He taught me to use the register, the eftpos, the meat grinder, and even showed me how to use the silent alarm. I remember those years fondly, growing up with a father - one who loved to share their life with me. Someone who put me first, above all things, even above his own wellbeing. And I was always grateful, though, perhaps he never knew.

When I became a teenager, my parents had split up, and I'd made friends who liked to hang out after school. I no longer needed a dad, and I barely dropped by his store on my way home any more. One day, after a few weeks of not visiting, I noticed there was a "FOR LEASE" sign hanging in the door.

After he died, all I see every time I close my eyes, is my father's naked corpse swinging from a meat hook, surrounded by all those carcasses. Sometimes he's whole, and other times he's missing pieces, sometimes he's a torso, barely recognizable, headless. Other times his head is attached, and it swivels to look at me, with sad world-weary eyes. Tears are welling up around his eyelids, and he mouths the words "where were you?" or, "I love you". And then his pupils drop to the floor, silence prevails, and he doesn't move any more.

Seal That Death Jar Nice And Tight And Get The Fuck Out Of My Life

How can you love something that shits? How can you not be fucking disgusted by it? How can you not hope it dies of SIDS? How can you take photographs of it, and proudly upload them to Facebook and MyHeritage? And to think I told you I loved you. And to think I could have fucked you. And that grotesque creature could have been mine. And our lives could have been forever entwined. Makes me sick to the stomach. Makes my sex drive plummet. Makes me want to kick the bucket. You're like a bone permanently lodged in my gullet. And if I choke on you then you better hope you're not in reaching distance because I'll do everything within my power to wipe you from existence.

The Touch Of A Philosopher

I made a friendship bracelet for my cat. He chewed on it for a bit and then out it was spat. So I crushed his windpipe and dumped him in a bin bag and that was that. I made a scat video for my girlfriend. I always knew our romance would be nothing but a whirlwind. But I didn't expect it to end that fast. Oh well, whilst it lasted it was a blast. Then I cut her throat open with a piece of broken glass and that was that. For the time you get with your loved ones, just be glad. I thank them for all the happy memories we had and I carry them with me so I never get sad.

Did Cot Death

What if you lived in Aldershot and I lived in Didcot and our paths never crossed, but you were the key to my lock? Think of all that would be lost, remain locked inside of me. So what am I to do? Where do I go looking for you? Do I step outside the house or do I try and find you with a few hundred thousand clicks of a mouse? Do I take someone else on as a spouse? Sometimes I feel like I'm wasting my entire life, waiting for absolutely nowt.

Time Buys Us Nothing But Sadness

You need to piss but your body feels too heavy to lift. Which is funny because last time you weighed yourself you were barely touching 6 stone 6. So you lie there, your bladder as full as you wish your heart would be. Pinned down by a lifetime of painful memories. But you have one happy one, which you cling to as tightly as you clutch the bedsheets. It's from long ago, when you lived on different streets. The only time you came close to finding an inner peace. Of course it involved a boy and a first kiss but it wasn't so much the boy or the kiss but the warmth you felt when he delivered it. Life is made up of so many little defeats that we're destined to repeat and repeat and as we do, they deplete us and they decrease us. It gets so, that we simply expect for people to mistreat us. No one seems to have time for a simple kind word unless they want something. Everyone's rushing towards nothing, it's utterly soul-crushing. You wish you could be that young girl again. Nervously shutting your eyes as your lips were baptized. Then maybe you could arise and walk past the bathroom mirror, just once, without contemplating suicide.

James' Favourite Microstories Of Dom's From 2015 Q1


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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Submission From The Vicar That Wants To Be A Quitter

Please fire me. Before God tires of me. As I have him. I want to live my life in sin. I want to spend my life drinking and fucking. I've read every word in that stupid book of his again and again and none of it is comforting. I want my suffering to be self-governing. I don't want a modus vivendi, I've endured him plenty, he can't have anything but contempt for me to leave me feeling so empty. He is dead to me.

Dinna Laugh, Dinna Smile, Hunt The Gowk Another Mile

April Fools' spent looking through your father's box of work tools. But it's no joke to me, how beautiful you look all bloodied and bruised. Which tools today will you use?

It breaks my heart not to be able to touch such a work of art. If only you'd let me caress you like the saw, if you only you'd let me hold you like the clamp, if only you'd let me kiss you like the hammer. I am completely enamoured. If you were cancer in my bladder, I wouldn't try and fight you, I'd let you spread through all of me. I want to be consumed by you. I want to be as comforting as a wound to you.

We'll be back when we think of something new

I was sitting at your funeral, watching the blades of grass bend in the breeze. A million perfectly uniform little fingers, twinkling and oscillating. I couldn't bear to look at the faces. I couldn't bear to look at the scene. The pallbearers, the flowers, the coffin. They buried you on my birthday. You upstaged my birthday yet again. Everyone should've been wishing me a happy birthday and instead they were offering me condolences. For you. You, finally wearing that suit you'd never wear anywhere for me.

"Such a beautiful service..." "You and your son will be well taken care of..." "I can't believe he's gone..." "If you need anything just call..." the words leap frogged over my ears and were forgotten. The crowd melted away, their duty done, to leave me to embrace the misery. To leave me to pick up the shattered pieces of my life. You might've been useless but no one ever loved me like you did. And now I'm all alone.

Deep Down, The Venereal Me.

I pressed the knife against my skin. To open it up and wash away my sin. I put my fingers in, and pulled away and snapped everything within. My life was a fucking pointless waste of time. Running around invisible catching dimes and dying. Fucking ageing and silently raging, alone, no one ever visited me at my home. Once I thought I had a friend named Ben. I went on facebook and added him. The request for three weeks would just say "pending" yet his timeline feed said he'd been befriending just about everyone else. It made me hate myself. I added my aunt and it said the same, I thought at least I'd have that in the bag. I used to brag that she was like my mother, and she had two sons but said I was like another. And yet all I see is pending. I wonder if any of my time was worthwhile spending on this stupid planet for cunts.

The Light In My World Hasn't Gone, It Just Never Came On

You get home for dinner and each night the amount of butter you spread on your bread gets a little thinner because the tub is getting low and you need to go to the shops but you haven't the energy to go. You're tired and you're alone. You can't remember the last time you needed to put credit on your phone. After they find your body wherever it's been thrown, those work colleagues attempting something approaching compassion will reflect in hushed tones that they "should have known." But a few hours after they've put you in your coffin to begin your job of rotting, you will be forgotten. Life was a game and you lost. Shame. But just be grateful you don't have to play the wretched thing again.

Building Future Memorials

Tell me you want me. Tell me you need me. Tell me you love me. Go on, I fucking dare you. To do something for once in your life that scares you. You're going places where you're going to meet lots of new faces and have lots of different loving and loveless embraces. And in a quicker time than I'd like, the memory of me will have faded. But occasionally there will be traces and reminders of the chance you wasted at the best love you could ever have tasted. I hope they're enough to choke you.

You Put The Strange Into Estranged

You're lonely and depressed so you spend another evening trawling the internet. But nothing you find can distract you from your regrets. She's a constant shadow, dragging you towards the gallows. You tell yourself she's just a mixture of air and water, skin and bones, piss and blood. And what strange things they are to love.