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Sunburn

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The day after my dad’s corpse burned to ashes, we went to pick them up by the scenic hillside crematory.  I was numb for feeling and my mum was still reluctant to cry.  My little sister was just blunt, as she displays herself during working days and weekends alike. No matter whether she has just won the lottery, or her father has died. But we had to go. My dad’s ashes were there, waiting for […]

Baroque Nights

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You look so calm. She says. Ohm. Bloody Ohm. I purse my lips. You could do with some housekeeping too. She continues, as she enters Nina’s apartment and scrutinizes every dusty corner in sight. So many hairs around. Stained floor. They’re just back from the nursing home, where the undertakers collected Dad’s stiff remains – ready for embalming. What a dirty home. And yet you look so calm. Pour me a glass of red, if […]

Dusty Roads

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A day in the life of Aidan, technical communicator, and mayor of Phillips, Oklahoma, a town well-known for its dusty roads.  I am really proud of this town and my fellow co-citizens. Aidan gets fairly emotional as he dives into his thirty-five-pager presentation.  Right now he is walking us through his second slide.  The Oklahoma PowerPoint tour de force has been requested by the department manager. This speaks ever so nicely about the company – […]

Smoker’s Window

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She opens the fridge door, about to produce some goods to appease her compulsive nibbling. As if she was about to eat her heart out, her nerves away. She has been forgetting to take her fluoxetine pills over the last few weeks.  Poor soul. She can feel doom looming around.  The fridge is new but the edges are dirty, smudged with the hummus bought in the lower-range supermarket across the main road.  The music in […]

The Clock Tower

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The clock keeps ticking away. Nearly time for our deceitful, clandestine meet-up. I look forward to it. I am impatiently awaiting it, almost obsessively counting down the minutes until we will find ourselves walking alone, side by side, down the inner staircase, through the dim-lit yellow corridor, out through the back door, past the bike shed.  I long for his boyish curly mane, I wish he’d grown out the crew cut of his mid-thirties back […]

Selfie Girl Down Under

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Last spring I was feeling sad and lonely, as I usually feel during springtime. I decided to download and log into Tinder. A dating app early adopter I cannot really claim to be. Yet still. I decided to give it a try. I wondered how I could make myself seen (let alone understood) within that sea of selfies, Californian strikes of hair and white-teethed portraits; how I could make myself noticed to all those self-proclaimed […]

The Road less Travelled

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Last autumn I signed up to German lessons. I was excited oh-ever-so -excited. After quite some thorough research carried out during rainy Sunday afternoons, I located just the right language school. It was a cooperative-style outlet, which meant they provided affordable lessons for people in idealistic need, as my ambiguous and morally untidy self was at the time. It will be fun. How cool and alternative and laid back. The first day arrived.  No nerves. Why […]

Hail to the Rabbit

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Music is making me miserable this Friday evening. I hear bang-bang-blasts and strangled whispers and all I can think of is, this ain’t poetry to my ears. (I know I am missing the whole point). But my point is. Heavy metal sounds like screeching rabbits on whose bum non-vegan cosmetics are being tested out. Rabbit bums burn. And the heavy metal crowds cheer to infinity. Hurrah to the hand raised in self-contained hatred. Cheering with […]

Mint Tea Rules

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Millie brings her dancing mistress methods to the fore. A choir of groupies is constantly attending to her very last whims and desires. She demands pu-erh tea – and so they pour her a warming, soul-purifying mug.  The atmosphere indoors gets too stuffy when the flow reaches its crescendo. The groupies keep waving their long feathers Egyptian style, exotic, fancy legging trodden slaves to this green-eyed pharaoh.  Millie stares with a half-cynical smile at the […]

Bum-cleaners Closet

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Moving her dad into a nursing home is probably the hardest fear Nina’s ever had to conquer. It is far more excruciating than being thirsty and not having water to sip on. It is more sharply awakening than falling hard on her knees when learning to ride a bicycle. During those early days when dad was teaching her to keep her balance on four wheels, Nina remembers getting a red-ocher tinge slowly flowing down her […]