Monthly Archives: September 2013

19th September 2013 – stonemason

He sits on the bottom step, his hammer poised. A trail of destruction rises up behind him. He begins carefully chiselling away the stone fascia on the tread above him. He dismantles, but only in order to re-build.

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18th September 2013 – tomato plants

They hide inside a steamed-up greenhouse, only releasing their sharp scent when the door opens. Plump green tomatoes, waiting to ripen. Bursting red ones, ready to be picked. I twist one off and pop it in my mouth.

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17th September 2013 – baby

He sits on his mother’s lap, facing out. Gazing around the room, fascinated, he fixates on a toy in the middle of the floor. As she rocks him from side to side, his head moves too, snaking in time with … Continue reading

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16th September 2013 – ferret

Yellow and brown, it looks soft as silk. Carefully harnessed by a lead, it scurries busily along the shopping street, following scents and looking for food. Its owner follows, burly belly just showing beneath a bulging t-shirt.

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15th September 2013 – empty room

Suddenly, its dimensions are clear. Viewed with new eyes, it appears bigger and lighter. Emptied of its clutter, it is now full of possibilities.

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14th September 2013 – apples

Beautiful bramleys, round and squat, dimpled at the stalk. Bright green, waxy skin and crisp flesh. Their bitter juice oozes and drips as I cut them. Brown lines appear as the air hits the delicate whiteness inside. I drop them … Continue reading

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13th September 2013 – mother

She stands in the queue with her two daughters, a look of frustration on her face. Her children pester her for the brightly coloured goods placed at their height. A world of temptation designed for them, which simply exasperates her.

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12th September 2013 – waiting room

A round wooden table holds a Christmas magazine from two years ago. Names are called by smiling nurses, anxious to put you at your ease. A tang of nervous energy, feet shuffling, plastic-padded chairs creaking.

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11th September 2013 – sky

It begins to darken from the horizon, like a thick, black quilt. Wispy clouds graze it with flaming orange-pink scratches. Trees are silhouetted against its fading brightness. The early autumn dusk has come to soon, a beautiful reminder that winter … Continue reading

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10th August 2013 – old gardener

His white shirt is tucked into his beige trousers. His grey hair blows across his pate in the chill breeze. He tends to his border with a garden fork, industrious and undefeated by age.

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