Does a corporation have a sex
or is it just an entity?
When my phone froze
I couldn’t answer a call
or read a text
I tried all the shortcuts,
linked it to my laptop,
backed up and restored
When none of it worked
I went online for a chat,
they call it support.
That drone was helpful,
made me smile
while I jumped
through their hoops.
Then I made an appointment
to see someone
who might help
but they pointed out a scratch,
said I was out of warranty.
Should I feel shame?,
I wondered. Perhaps
stand in a naughty corner?
We can’t fix it, they told me,
there’s a scratch on the screen
and you’re out of warranty
It’s a hardware problem,
you can…

Lit Up April Prompt — Distraction


Quarantine meant nothing to him, he was determined to beat the game.

Living alone was his lifestyle but now his distraction had become an obsession. It all began the morning he met the local sergeant.

“Jaysus, who’s that? For fuck’s sake.”

It was the knocking that woke him. First, the clipped rattle of a bunch of keys then the insistent clamour of an angry fist.

Rat-a-tat-tat, rat-a-tat-tat. Boom. Boom. Boom.

“Who the fuck is that at this hour? What fucking time is it?”

Anto was back five days and beginning to get his bearings. He hadn’t stepped out of his…

What a wonderful, insightful, provocative poem

Saying goodbye to Sydney Greenstreet and becoming Rick Blaine

Sydney Greenstreet (Sr Ferrari) greets Humphrey Bogart(Rick Blaine) in The Blue Parrot (Casablanca, 1942, Warner Bros)

In the space of twelve months I’ve lost my ass and I don’t want it back. No, I’m not celebrating a spectacular investment loss, either. In January 2020, after an injury to my ankle and complications, I topped my bathroom scales at 85 kilos. Twelve months later, January 2021, I’m a slimmed down 72 kilos.

And there’s no magic formula, no carbohydrate massacre, no graveyard of grapefruit husks nor empty gallon jugs of Organic apple cider (with the mother). I’ve continued to eat well and indulge my other favourite pastime, drinking beer and wine. …

Touching on things close to my heart and past experience here, Toni, your knowledge and research is exceptional.There were a couple of times I felt drawn from events in the story by commentary and even tense but they don't detract in the least from this nailbiter.

Dermott Hayes

Novellist, poet, blogger and ex-journalist. ‘If the cap fits.’ https://medium.com/@dermotthayes

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