Wednesday, 22 June 2016

In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene

It's strange to go into an empty church and pray when you go to church as little as possible and tend to pray in your own way anyway.
It's strange to light a candle and have to worry it might go out.
It's strange to look at the flickering flame and think that it represents a person.
It's strange to think that that person isn't here anymore.
It's very strange.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

The Involvements of Campaigning


 

Campaigning involves dragging oneself out of bed, sitting on a bus with Samantha Savage Smith's "Fine Lines" playing over and over in your earphones, and then being greeted by a bunch of fierce Outers screaming at the Stronger In stall.

Campaigning involves looking very, very polite when you hand people leaflets.

Campaigning involves people who don't want to be convinced asking you to convince them.

Campaigning involves trying to convince people anyway.

Campaigning involves discussions with an MP from a party you would never vote for, but who you've found yourself on the same side as, who surprises you by taking the time to speak to someone patiently and explain why Islam is not a backward religion.

Campaigning involves talking about why you vote for different parties, about parents who want to put up a Daily Express sign in the windows while you're signing up for Stronger In and how we love each other anyway, talking about how I'm fond of Boris but just can't agree with him on Europe, and one of our campaign managers is Labour but just couldn't agree with Miliband.

Campaigning involves having someone ask which side you're for, and when you tell them, grinning and shaking your hand.

Campaigning involves a woman stopping to ask for directions to the Anglican Cathedral and then pumping a fist in the air as she shouts "By the way, I'm voting In!"

Campaigning involves going for lunch afterwards with your parents and having them grin at you anyway, even though you're wearing a Stronger In sticker, and they're for Brexit.

Campaigning involves a lot of stuff that's worth it.

Friday, 3 June 2016

That moment you get quoted in a Telegraph article...

Or at least, your tweet does.


Hey, if I'd had to pick one of my tweets to get noticed, it might have been this one. :)

Also, I wrote this for the Huffington Post:


Thursday, 2 June 2016

Plans In A While Of Summer

We sit in our local American diner, eating pancakes and talking about everything that has happened since the last time she was home from university. It takes forty-five minutes for the waitress to bring us the bill and I spend the time thinking about how pretty the girl is at the next table. She has the kind of grin that makes her eyes close, that dances out mischievously, her nose stud glinting as she laughs.
We go downtown and sing along with the busker playing "Human" by the Killers at the side of the road. There is a little girl who walks into a shop and insists on buying a bottle of water and a snack for a homeless man. 
On the bus home, we sit with our headphones in as we drive past a wall that screams some graffiti that proclaims that "Bush Did 9/11". We make plans for the rest of our group to spend days in the park, with a collection of drinks and her dog that always tires itself out too quickly. I listen to Best Coast over and over and look forward to summer for the first time in a while.