Life writing: Seven times you are perfect

Life writing: Seven times you are perfect

If truth could wrap itself around muscle and bone, it would settle in the structure of your shoulders and all that they have carried.

Dreams of seven houses. Creative dream record by Tanya Simone Simpson.

Life writing: Dreams of seven houses

I try to lock all the doors but they won’t stay locked. I hear a window breaking. There is blood on my hands. I think, “Never go upstairs.”

Medical Records and Memories as a Winter Landscape. Creative writing by Tanya Simone Simpson.

Life writing: Medical records and memories as a winter landscape

Now the fractures and blunt force traumas of your past life and the details of the times you lost yourself have been erased and you are left with only a few short years of history to comprehend. It still shakes you to your core, a place you once believed was populated with strength above all else.

To Someone You Eat Pizza With. Creative writing by Tanya Simone Simpson.

Life writing: To someone you eat pizza with

Like when someone you haven't seen in months doesn't notice how much weight you've lost and emptiness tastes so much better than food for a few days after...

Winter Will Always be my Home. Creative writing by Tanya Simone Simpson.

Life writing: Winter will always be my home

Some people come to life in the summer. I am not solar-powered. I am not a heat-seeking missile. My most beautiful memories are of the cold and the dark. Winter has blessed me with the most meaningful of experiences, so it will always be beautiful to me.

Rain Not Falling and Three Times Everything Changed. Creative writing by Tanya Simone Simpson.

Life writing: Rain not falling and three times everything changed

This morning I awoke to a chill in the air, rain not falling but suspended in the tension of August, the cobbles on the street outside slick and glistening. With the window open, I settled back against my pillows allowing the dull ache in the base of my spine to fade into a rolling mist of moments and memories.

Acceptance of Need and the Art of Scrambling Eggs. Creative writing by Tanya Simone Simpson.

Life writing: Acceptance of need and the art of scrambling eggs

This is for someone who might be precious and particular about the manner in which scrambled eggs should be prepared...

Colour photo of a silver razor blade in a pool of blue liquid

Life writing: There will be times when you tell yourself

There will be times when you tell yourself that your tears belong to a film, that a talented director reached behind your eyes and pulled sadness through them...

Colour photograph of an empty beach and calm sea at sunset

Life writing: Ever the optimistic enabler

At this time of year I always think of you and I'm reminded of the trips we took, like when we camped on the beach and we talked about your father's nervous breakdown and how much of himself he sees in you...

Darlington, Breathless. Creative writing by Tanya Simone Simpson.

Life writing: Darlington, breathless

Everything here is red brick and I half expect to notice you standing on the platform as I turn my head and try not to think about it being over a decade since I saw you last...