No one dares speak its name.  It’s the elephant in the room, everyone tiptoeing around.

Social Media is silent in the din.  It’s the fear.  No one dares  put their head above the parapet to face the firing squad.

Lying in the pale profile bed I tried to open my blackened eyes.  I needed to feed myself.  The nurses won’t help.  They have kids.

I was stupid, irresponsible.  I knew better.  I’d named the root of all social evils – the root of homelessness, criminality and a lack of self-love; lazy parenting.


This is one of the 100 Words or Less challenges.  A topic that has come up quite a bit recently in my retraining to work in schools.


About catherinehume

Catherine Hume: Writer, social care worker and a liver of a life less ordinary.
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