I munch on the strands,
flicking the fibres between gapped
tooth. Tasting conditioner and breath
embedded in each split end, my mind
flips back to curling chubby fingers
around mum’s blonde braid.
Whether up or down, she always kept
a few flicks by her cheek, softening
her jawline, making her look like an angel.
In hamster cheeks I store hair in clumps,
wound like wool, knitting over tongue
and uvula. Hacking through forests
of auburn curls I build a nest deep
down in my stomach. There, I will curl
up in the warmth of my mother.
Wow. It’s been a long time since I viewed this site, never mind write anything on it.
Here’s the update on me.
So I finished University and came out with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Creative Writing and English Language. I don’t know how I managed that but I was (am) super proud. I even managed to secure a job working for an Arts and Events team in local and national newspapers. The only problem with that was working 40 hours a week in front of a computer with two kids waiting at home. It left me little time for the ‘good’ writing. The ‘fun’ writing!
So, I left there after 6 months (shortest job ever) to work in care as a support worker. I’ve been doing this for the last two years and I have never been happier. It’s the best job in the world.
The plan was to pick up with my writing again, but I didn’t. I sat my large posterior in front of the TV each night watching Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Once Upon A Time and other getaway shows. When I wasn’t stuck in a vegetative state in front of the TV, I was lost in my books of course. The need to read overtaking my desire to write. Such is life.
But these past few weeks the urge is coming back. I haven’t been totally out of it. I’ve still attended the odd open mic night and I am now the Chair of York Writers. So I’m not completely out of the loop. But I’m weaving my way back into that circle as we speak.
I have written a few bits here and there so I’ll flick through them and see what I’m willing to show you. They’re mainly work in progress at the moment, but watch this space…I’m coming home!