why Mother poisoned me 

friars balsam , gelatine violet,magnesium sulphate poultices, iodine, brutt cologne, fruit of the forest yoghurt, Fox’s foot  and toilet duck. Mother never allowed medical professionals access to her medical kit  in the hand over at an A&E all she would tell to medical practitioner when present one or several of her lifeless children was she had done as much as her training allowed …doctors would turn to the palid child …purple tongue (gelatine violet), browny yellow toes (friars balsam )  grey blobs like snails on bare flesh (magnesium sulphate poutices) ..rolling the child to one side a sweet smell would waft  (caked fruit of the forest yoghurt ) from the ears a oleaginous green oil would ooze from the ears ( Virginia olive oil very hard to source in Dublin circa 1970s …mother gauging the horror from the doctors usually hid ” Mothers pick me up”  a small bottle of toilet cleaner which normally revived the most malingering of children ….


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Maurice OConnell is a Creative based in Cornwall concentrating on Writing and Unique theatrical appearances.. He continues to imagine a world twice as exciting and dangerous than it could possibly ever be View all posts by mauricewoconnell

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