Take-a-Break stays on the shelf by Sarah L Dixon

A regular purchase with holiday coins,

counted out six times.


“As I was giving birth my Chris was cheating with a GRANNY!”


At first

I ignored the articles,

looking only for squares to fill,

words to search,


amongst the unacknowledged problems.


Finding a chance to win


“My hubby’s other woman was my TWIN!”


After two decades

relishing the misery

of others.

Vowing to never sell my story

to ravenous eyes

blurred with false emotion.


“Mum left so Daddy made ME his wife!”


Empathy dulled

by the recording of trauma

within glossy pages

in pillar-box red and forest green.

An assault of fonts!

And always that exclamation mark

and capitalised WORD!


I helped make this:

“Britain’s BIGGEST selling women’s magazine!”


How did photos of horrific injury,

dog bites, reactions to hair dye

and domestic abuse

became one of my holiday traditions?


Brief Bio: Sarah L Dixon has toured as The Quiet Compere with Arts Council funding in 2014 and 2015 and is still making it happen.  Sarah has been published in Ink, Sweat and Tears, YorkMix, Rain Dog, Three Drops from the Cauldron and The Interpreter’s House among others. Sarah’s inspiration comes from being by water, adventures and her five-year old son, Frank.  She is still attempting to write better poetry than Frank did aged 4!  Site here: http://thequietcompere.co.uk/

2 thoughts on “Take-a-Break stays on the shelf by Sarah L Dixon

  1. Horror of horrors at the first line, Sarah – from memory I have never cheated on anyone with her Grannie – but you never know.
    It’s the old fun at anyone slipping on a banana-skin: there but for the grace…

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