black marketing

he works in something not marketing (but marketing) a series of acronyms which make my head hurt but he's engaging On the verge of laughing at an inappropriate Joke Black marketing So when someone sticks razor blades Into Halloween apples It sells the season, the right mix of cute and creepy, Market penetration Saying it … Continue reading black marketing

White Rabbit

  “Men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore, the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge.” Nicollo Machiavelli, The Prince. … Continue reading White Rabbit

A Moral Adoption

    The route took you all over. You look at your reflection, mesmerised by the glittering nerves of activism in your eyes, stinking of lighter fluid and spray paint. It sits in your brain like temple incense.   You used white spray paint. It contrasted against the rich, dark wood they used. All the … Continue reading A Moral Adoption

Beatrice, On Departure

Beatrice sat in the departure lounge. She had allowed herself a soy latte, decaf after she had her vitamin drip. She looked up from her phone, appalled and excited to see if anyone recognised her. No one did. She sent her location and a photograph of her latte to her platforms. These neurotic pronouncements were … Continue reading Beatrice, On Departure

Bad Date

The train rattled enough to make Ken's bones hurt as he sat back, numb with rejection and drink and feeling like a failed photocopy of himself. He tried not to think about Rachel's strained expression but his thoughts returned to it like a rotten tooth, poking it for the stab of anguish. It was half … Continue reading Bad Date

Cigarette Break

Someone who Went to a better school Holidays in places Most of us see only in magazines Tells me about my privilege Because of the structural nature Explained like this, Words I've read but not heard pronounced before, Phrases with the sheen of practice To them, Qualifications emerge on my lips But there's a light … Continue reading Cigarette Break