Monthly Archives: June 2011

River ferry

Water backed up above the second weir. The river a sheet of motion: fat and slow, its surface brown and shiny. In your mind’s eye this: an overloaded river ferry. A monstrous diesel-spewing rust-bucket crammed to the gunwhales. Thousands of … Continue reading

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Mermaids

Listened to the report of an action-packed dream while getting breakfast ready. N and nine other mermaids sortied from their underwater kingdom to rescue a sea-horse whose tail was snagged on seaweed. They freed the little creature but got stuck … Continue reading

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Mindfulness

On the radio heard this three-minute recipe for calming night ruminations: First minute: mindfulness. Observe what’s happening, no more. If irksome thoughts break through observe that too. Second minute: Notice your breathing. Don’t judge or control, just follow it up … Continue reading

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Second-chancer

Studies, relationships, vocation. You neglected big opportunities first time around. You shirked or let them slide. Played with caution more than courage. Didn’t grab the world by the balls and growl this is how it’s gonna be. So unheroic. A … Continue reading

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Pastel blue

Sunday: another weekend day of unendeavour and nonaccomplishment. Which feels just fine. There was the cafe in the morning, a roast chicken in the afternoon. The cap on a bottle of Hunter Valley semillon was unscrewed around then and a couple … Continue reading

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Biutiful

Saturday: Drifting through the pleasant day, aimless in a way unbefitting a “leader.” Kitchen, backyard, kitchen, keyboard, kitchen, toilet, kitchen… It’s so important to keep yourself properly snacked up in these times of economic austerity. Llandaff Fields drying by the … Continue reading

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Deserted playground

Most of the day at keyboard and screen churning through emails. Getting your teeth into the task that mattered, but only in the final 45 mins or so. Enough to avoid starting the weekend with any gnawing sense of noncompletion. It was … Continue reading

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