Hamlet Hung

The distressed actor had forgotten his lines. With words abandoned he stood silent before the stalls; Hamlet slipped from his heels. He returned to his dressing room mirror. - ‘Where are you? . . . Where are you ghost, you traveler?’ He breathed on the mirror until he disappeared and the soft prince spoke. -…

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The Cracked Clown

Joseph Grimaldi was London’s first clown. On the eve of his death in 1837 he sat forgotten in a dimly lit tavern. - ‘Woss’ rong, Mister?’ said the young boy collecting the glasses. ‘Youse looks like the saddest man I ever did see.’ - ‘I was the man that once made London laugh.’ - ‘Bill…

Robots in Rain

They had lost their phones before the storm. Both slipped from pocket and bag and laid bare on London grass like robots in rain. - ‘Do you think they’ll return?’ asked Samsung. - ‘No,’ said Apple. - ‘Why?’ - ‘Because we’re old.’ - ‘My battery is fading,’ said Samsung. - ‘We all run out,’ said…

The Grandest Canyon

The rain was early; the train was late. Across the tracks, she shouted. - ‘It’s like looking in the Grand Canyon.’ - ‘What?’ he said. - ‘You! It’s like looking into the Grand Canyon.’ The fast train was approaching. - ‘What can you see?’ he said. - ‘Space . . . lots of pretty space.’…

Vowels in Drains

- ‘A great writer should always respect their pen over their wine,’ said the Writer. - ‘Then why don't you write that down?’ spat the Other Writer. They stared at the wine. - ‘You know,' he slurred, ‘listening to you is like vowels in a drain waiting for rain.’ - ‘That's it!’ Both went for…