Until the end

His shadow led him away from evening. Turning to catch the falling of the sun the path of his life was clear, scuffed through the grass of experience and forgotten lovers. He turned away again and closed his heart. Forward, always forward, until the end.

Hello dear

Hello? Oh dear. Oh well, I’ll leave a message. Hello dear. You know I always love your presents, they’re always so thoughtful. That time you printed out that album of photos from my phone. I could never have done that on my own. Write Your Own Will – that was a useful book – all done now! But you know that. This year though I’m confused. Should I press this big red button on the clock? 

published on www.paragraphplanet.com 27 December 2023

never let go

I need to be held at night

when I shiver and shake and I shout in my sleep 

I need to be held

and if you hold me

I will tattoo your name onto my hand

to hold tight to my face through the pillow 

and if you hold me

I promise I will hold you back

and never let go until you tell me