Lower your gaze from the dangerous glare of the galaxy. Beauty lies. Grit your teeth together should you hear the trill of songbirds, remember how they nudge plain eggs out of their home to make way for their own. Don’t be seduced. And if a kind voice offers you help, hear the growl hiding beneath and march on. Stay safe from the lure of lying and siren song that wishes you to crash against the rocks of hope. Trust only yourself and the certainty of silence. As you sleep and dream of strong arms enveloping your torso, beware of softening. In the morning, stick that sharp hat pin into your skin – a message to your mind that you are not for turning. Squeeze your eyes against the orange glow of sunrise. Amber is a warning. Exhale away desire and invitation. Your armour of indifference is all that you need.
Stephanie Hutton is a writer and clinical psychologist in the UK. In 2017, she received nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize.