Vague attempts at self-care

Writing by Alice Fischer. Illustration by Zoë Dutton.


Ply the sheet off my face

Gel serum for youth

I am Bateman.

Cocky in appearance

But cowered down to my mental neglect.

Oh dear, don’t think much of yourself

There are louder men

Voices more worthy of giddy ears.

You should embrace their fraught anticipation.

Comfort room or cage?

Safe to say, escape to tranquil pastures is

only achieved in

ending where we began.

Pout a little harder.

The mirror won’t shatter, but your mind dearly wants to.


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