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Boxing Champ

It didn’t worry me when Aunty Joan started talking to the lamps, not like it worried my mother whose flustered hands pressed my spine towards the door.

We spoke about it later, her fingers wrapped in mine as she tried to convince me that there was something wrong about the way my Aunt shouldered life.

“Normal people don’t talk to inanimate objects Jessie. You can’t hold a conversation with something that isn’t living.”

I didn’t mention that the green lamp with orange trim was supposed to be Argus Vien, three times world boxing champion and a dab hand at checkers.



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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Why let everyone know? I’m sure Argus wouldn’t want everyone jabbering in his ear. Nicely done.

    • Thank you very much, it is nice to hear that there does seem to be a writing style present. Though I do have some weird, twisty, rambling pieces like Scholar tucked away.

  2. Dear Carol,

    Sometimes you can have a much better conversation with an inanimate object than with another person. They’re better listeners. Nice one.



    • Thank you very much and I completely agree, I have a dress mannequin I named Eleanor (after Eleanor of Aquitaine) and a wooden duck which sits on my desk called Ducky.

  3. Talking to lamps…cool idea. I liked your story. shouldered life… haven’t heard that one in a while… I may ‘borrow’ it.

  4. I talk to inanimate objects all the time – it started out with teddy bears and dolls. Aunty Joan has friends wherever she goes. Good job!

    • Thank you very much, I tend to think inanimate objects can be great conversationalists since they never tell you your an idiot for saying something. They just look at you in a judging manner if you have lost just enough of your sanity.

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