Back to Work

This morning I made eye contact with myself
for the entirety of a 48-minute video interview.
My manager asked me where I see myself in five years’ time.

My Mum says I am careless.
I forget to switch off the hob,
walk around with my phone on 6%,
windows propped open when I’m out,
Marmite sucking in its lid, only part-way screwed.
‘What are you trying to do’, my Mum says, ‘Kill us?’



Rachel Cleverly writes and worries. An alum of University of East Anglia’s Creative Writing MA, she’s developed work with BBC Radio, Rich Mix and Apples and Snakes. She’s been published by Ache Magazine, SPAM Zine, Filler and other places you can read about here: