I’m a consumer. I consume the news, the views, the Fake stuff, the praying for you’s, the foibles of democracy, hypocrisy, tragedy. I consume Netflix, binge drinks, hollow chick flicks, Japanese pop. lit. with rave reviews. I consume the property owner dreams, the ageing Queen, the has-beens and the gossip of those I’ve never seen….

The Serpent

A serpent lies dormant in my chest It wraps itself around my ribs, sleeping. When I think of all my failings It slips down, landing heavily on my gut Squashing my diaphragm Redirecting the blood away from my head. Its tail flickers dangerously up my throat The death rattle by my tonsils I am afraid…