21: Daredevil Dinah

Yesterday was wasted. Today, therefore, is going to be The Day! Action required. First stop – the doctor’s! Still have three months of The Day Job to get through, so must restock on the magic mood-boosting pills. The doctor is thrilled by my imminent redundancy and suggests that I wean myself off the higher dose…

Portrait of a Redhead in Blue

(Inspired by a portrait on display at ‘Prada Lounge Café Bar, Sudbury.)  Red on white. Orange-red perched on porcelain-white skin. Smooth-ceramic ice. Skin sloping down shoulders to deep blue. Translucent taffeta, wrapped around, hugging, enclosing. Bony elbows made soft. Melted, merged into blue paint. Watery colours, dark oceans, waves enveloping a cold, empty portrait. Head,…