I am staring into my coffee upon completion of a successful miscarriage of emotional tettertottering. I’ve cut my ties with all my franchises and sent my romance packing. The people in the cafe turn and stare at me in waves like I’ve shit my pants and they are awakened by the stench. The gloom outside calms my fear of reprisals. Evidently, saying my prayers wouldn’t be enough as a high-heeled cross-dresser stomps my foot deliberately. She is jealous that I don’t show my confusion outwardly but merely dunk it quietly into my coffee while re-arranging thoughts and trying to place her at the scene of my last crime – my birth. Animals carried so much more milk for their kinder back then. Now I suckle the remote control and caress it’s buttons lovingly – MY confusion in the Oedipus rainbow. My skin is a million, billion, trillion match heads and she lights each one with the dragging of her claws. I orgasm from the heat and I thrust my pelvis at the air violently, tauntingly, pretending I want to escape but really just signaling the waiter for a fresh cup-o-mud. The bathrobe whores punch their tetanus wounds and grizzle into a waiting taxi. I am forgotten and I laugh at my forgetfulness. Summer is a killer, blessed be the sons and daughters. I will always fail at something and sell off all my tangible assets. I am staring at my coffee which is not my coffee at all.


Peter Horsman

Bridgewater, Australia

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Just some free-associational writing I did several years ago when I thought I might want to attempt to perhaps be a writer someday (possibly).

Life has a funny way of turning tricks and leaving you feeling like a John who’s just realised his wallet has been empited…

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