This is just to say


I have read 
the marketing emails 
sent to my inbox. 

They were intended
to promote sales
Mother’s Day.

Forgive me
they were pernicious. 
Saccharine. Leaving me 
and so cold. 

With apologies to William Carlos Williams for using his poem, you know the one about the plums.

Why not get yourself some plums? Photo by Ylanite Koppens on

Dedicated to everyone who ever endured this day to celebrate mothers, when so many of us do not have mothers, are not mothers, have lost mothers, or can’t, or shouldn’t have to, in any way partake in the relentless commercialisation of it all.

Photo by Daria Shevtsova on

Steady as she goes – the 2022 writing update

Rejections: 116
Pending: 66
Acceptances by publisher: 20
Acceptances by work: 24
Published: 21

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