Weird Reasons to Be Grateful
At least she didn’t
die alone, we got to be with her, watch cancer suffocate my mum, we got to
listen to it, touch it, taste her death. At least there was a nurse, three
times in five long days. At least it wasn’t Covid. At least she didn’t die
alone. At least you got to be there for her. At least you had a funeral.
At least I kept my
job and kept on working all the way, through grief, through my depression,
found the strength to keep it up, locked down, burned out. At least I got to help
some folk by listening and holding all their fears.
At least I got to
have my operation, when others were ignored. At least I got to be sliced open,
but no one saw what’s really going on inside. At least I got to heal without
the need to take time off, why bother when you work from home.
At least we don’t
have kids to teach ourselves, they’re all locked up inside their own lives, far
away. At least my love and I have time to catch up on TV, stop talking to each
other, just to be, there’s me, and then there’s him, and educate ourselves on
Global Warming, Trump, and Brexit. At least we get that wake-up call.
At least I get to
draw deep breaths and write about it all.
And, oh, I can knit
Armstrong, now Scottish, has worked in
journalism and psychology. She is currently completing an MA in Creative
Writing and has published short stories and flash fiction. Her pithy style got
her into trouble from age six, when, after writing a particularly seditious
piece about a vengeful cat with explosives, she had to promise never to write
again. She lied.
Rosmus is a Jersey
girl who looks like a Mob Wife & talks like Anybody’s from West Side
Story. She works out 5-6 days a week, so needs no excuse to drink or do
whatever the hell she wants She’s been published in the usual places, such as Shotgun
Honey, Hardboiled, A Twist of Noir, Megazine, Beat to a Pulp, Out
of the Gutter, Mysterical-E, and Rock and a Hard Place. She
is the editor/art director of the ezine, Yellow Mama. She’s a Gemini, a
Christian, and an animal rights activist. She has recently been branching out
into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.