Rapids

It’s a dangerous thing, when the rapids of hypomania crash against the granite of depression. The fury can tear a life to shreds, break a man’s bones and leave him bloody and maybe then bloodless.

It’s a dangerous thing, when you’re wild and carefree and cruel.

I’m not getting too bad again, I’m not. I’m not I’m not I’m not. I’m fine. I’m not. I’m fine.

I’m sat in Costa with a flat white and a laptop and Spotify. I’ve even got a job – a job! – so I can afford to sit in Costa with a flat white. I earn barely a whisper above minimum wage and I’m working far beyond my pay grade but I’m appreciated and get on with my colleagues which is the important thing really isn’t it? Aren’t I doing well? Aren’t I just doing fucking well?

Last year I was getting angry letters from the bank and attitude from the Job Centre. Last week I spent £500 on lightbulbs and speakers and now I can paint my rooms like springtime or twilight or heartbreak, and I can summon orchestras with words and the music is silk and crystal, the sigh of the ocean on sandy shores.

I’m fine.

I’m 36 and I’ve tried so hard I’ve tried so fucking hard to overcome this shitty screaming petulant demon in my head and yet it has slashed and burned and salted every fucking thing every single fucking thing I have ever tried to do or achieve and I’m just tired now you see, I’m just tired of fighting and tired of pretending it’s fine and tired of putting on a fucking smile and shrugging my shoulders and saying c’est la vie and now just give me the fucking petrol and I will burn this fucking world to the ground I will burn myself to dry white ash and I will laugh and I will laugh while I burn.

I’m sat in Costa drinking their ‘Old Paradise Street’ blend, named after the London street where the beans are roasted. I used to work by there, used to live by there, remember the coffee smell and the branded lorries. Old Paradise Street, one of those quaint urban euphemisms for ‘here be whores’. It’s in Vauxhall.

And I’ve got a job – a job! So I can afford to purchase kitchenware and throw cushions and mass produced prints allowing me to style a home as unique as I am. I want a two-cup teapot – traditional style – and have spied some espresso cups that are so me, although I would of course have to start drinking espresso. Yesterday I ordered a couple of table lamps which fit in perfectly with the naturalistic theme that’s developing in the front room. Last week I went online and gambled away a fierce number of zeros because fuck it it all amounts to nothing in the end and it’s not as if I’ll make it long enough to worry about the debts.

Sometimes I think it will be a pity to not see the girls grow up.

Sometimes it scares me that I think that.


It’s a dangerous thing, when the rapids of hypomania crash against the granite of depression. The fury can tear a life to shreds, break a man’s bones and leave him bloody then bloodless.

I hope I’m not about to get as ill as once I was.

I’m not. I’m fine. I’m not.

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