When she
spreads butter
across toast
she’ll find herself
thinking of jumping
out of a window
paranoid thoughts
fears certain foods
her Nan’s boyfriend
molested her
until she was 9
when he had
the common sense
to take his own life

Image credit:Eric Ward

Mark Anthony Pearce lives and works as a Receptionist in Bristol, South West England. He is an author of four books of Poetry, ‘Perforated By Sirens’ (With Danny D. Ford) (December 2020, Analog Submission Press), ‘Wheelchair Tony’ (March 2021, Between Shadows Press), ‘A Smile As Sad As Sunday’ (October 2021, Between Shadows Press) & ‘Three Poets 5’  (With Tohm Bakelas & Danny D. Ford) (December 2021, Hickathrift Press). His poetry has been published in University of Essex Poetry Journal, BS Poetry Magazine, Obscure Quarterly and online, Inefável, Coronaverses, Winamop, Horror Sleaze Trash, Duane’s PoeTree, Piker Press, Albany Poets, Ten Million Flies, Open Arts Forum, Cacti Fur, Cephalo Press & Punk Noir Magazine. Mark’s writing has also featured in ‘Anne Bean: Self Etc’ (Autumn 2018, Live Art Development Agency and Intellect Books) & ‘haikus, nearkus, fauxkus, fuckyous’ (July 2021, Between Shadows Press)