A stranger would understand

She doesn’t understand. A stranger would understand, but she just can’t leave me alone.

I suppose mothers are like that; they always have to be fussing, but I’m forty-two. And I left home twenty years ago.

Escaped. I thought I’d escaped but she tracks me down. Hounds me.

Wasn’t always like that. The opposite in fact. Never rang. Never visited. Always thanked me when I rang her though, like she’d been sitting waiting.

She still sits and waits. I want to remove the chair but it’s the only one I have and wherever I move it to, she’ll move with it. Best left in the spare room. I can close the door so at least I can’t see her. Still hear her but I’m used to it now.

182 sheet music 839871Sings classical, she does. Chopin’s her favourite. The Minute Waltz. Every minute. Of every hour. Hour of every day. And night. She doesn’t sleep and won’t let me either.

Getting in trouble at work. Falling asleep at my desk. Ronnie’s very good. He’s my boss. Turned a blind eye for quite a while but says my performance is suffering and well, he has bosses too.

So it’s come to a head. Had to speak to her. Haven’t done that for a long time. We fell out, you see. I shouted at her and… well, she doesn’t like shouting. Just singing.

Words are all I have. Can’t do anything physical. Tried that and it got me in this position. Told the police it was my fault. I’d been meaning to fix the top step carpet. Accident waiting to happen. And it did. Took a right tumble she did. I heard her neck snap as she hit the hall floor. The ceramic mosaic tiles would do that.

They came and took her away but she never really left. Still sits on that chair. Always been her favourite so I can’t chuck it out. As I said, it’s the only one I’ve got. Like my mother.


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