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The State Doesn’t Love Your Children

Joe’s number came up,

and he never came home.

Homesick for the innocence of teenage summers,

driving his dad’s truck down to the moonlit beach,

with a couple of cans that they shouldn’t have had,

and a couple of friends he’d never see again.

Joe’s sister was an unwed mother,

but he still wrote to her at the home for wayward girls,

trying to make conflict sound like the games of soldiers they’d play together in the back yard when they were young,

but Mary heard the ricochet of the rifles,

and the screams of children,

miles away,

she sobbed into her pillow,

a blood soaked letter on her bedside table.

All the girls used to like Joe’s long blonde hair,

they said he looked like a movie star,

but in his last few moments,

the long hair was long gone,

and he was cradled in a crater,

like a frightened child.

Joe was a frightened child.

Eighteen,

with dreams that were never going to make it out alive,

and neither would he,

but what was it for?

What was it all for?

Posted in Blog, Creative Writing, Writing

Sincerely, Jennifer x – S04E10 – Don’t Mention The War!

On today’s episode, Jennifer talks about what kind of serial killer she would be, projection of bad habits, whether world war three is actually going to happen or not, and waking up with the perfect person.

Jennifer also updates you on the recent events in British politics, including the row over peerages, the labour leadership contest, and Layla Moran coming out.

You can find the new episode on your favourite podcast provider here, and you can find the episode guide for Sincerely, Jennifer x here.

Season 4

Besos,

J x



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