Author: Jo

  • Damage Scale

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    Grade 0 – No damage We are good friends. Almost family. We go on outings and holidays together with our children. We help each other out. That’s what friends do. Grade 1 – Slight damage (hairline cracks in a few walls) You are late. Again. But it’s no problem – I know you have a…

  • THIS THING THAT IS

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    This thing that is the other meDistorts the thoughts inside my head,Ignores my pleas, won’t let me be. It sucks away my sanityAnd strews my pain about the bed.This thing that is the other me Imbues my sheets with misery.It turns my dreams to black and red,Ignores my pleas, won’t let me be. This thing…

  • Carton of 30 Prozac capsules, England, 1993

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    MADE: 1993 in BasingstokeMAKER: Eli Lilly and Company Limited No more that dull ache on waking.No more wondering if today is the day.The day you won’t be able to get out of bed.The day you won’t be able to carry on the pretence.The day you won’t be able to carry on.No. That little cream and…

  • The Second Mrs Rochester

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    Reader, I married him,Ten long years ago;At first I was in heaven,Then the cracks began to show. His affliction made him surly;It irked him to have me – A weak and feeble woman – Attend to all his needs. I tried my best to satisfy,To sate his every whim,But the more I fawned and pandered,The more it…

  • Tick Tock

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    The mantel clock’s gone mental:its tick, once smooth and calm,is now the rapid poundingof a deadly firearm.And though it’s just past breakfast, the hands show time for tea;at this rate I’ll have snuffed itby the time I’m thirty-three.

  • Mother Knows Best

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    Something’s not right, but I don’t know what. I try to keep my eyes open long enough to read the time on the clock radio by my bed. 7:36. Shit. I’m going to be late. Didn’t the alarm go off? Maybe I slept through it again. I feel kind of groggy. The sun is streaming…