Amazingly, the recipe needed to create a human being consists of the following:
Enough water to fill a ten gallon barrel.
Enough fat for ten bars of soap.
Enough carbon for nine thousand lead pencils.
Enough phosphorous for two thousand two hundred match heads.
Enough iron for one medium-sized nail.
Enough lime to whitewash a chicken coop.
Plus small quantities of magnesium, sulphur and other odds and ends.
Funny thing is, when I gathered together the above shopping list and dropped it into a bath of water, fuck all happened. It just lay in the bottom of the tub for two weeks looking like a pile of old rubbish.
And the nail went rusty.
I’ve tried chucking a party bucket of fried chicken in with it all just in case that might supply the missing chemical link, but still nothing. Two sachets of black pepper and a lemon wet wipe…
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Finding madness in life’s bitter dish
Eat like a mouse, drink like a fish
Clinging by nails, losing my grip
Clinging by nails, feeling them slip
Driven insane by worry and fears
Driven to drink that flows out in tears
Frustration and anger tearing apart
Noise in my head, pain in my heart
Limbo the place I’ve come to dwell
Emotions a prison, home but a cell
Thoughts they tumble, twist and whine
Thoughts so odd they can’t be mine
Drown them with the cheapest drink
But drunk or sober, think, think, think
No one to tell the things in my head
Solitary breakfast, alone to my bed
Escape into sleep is only too brief
Ponder if death would be a relief
Struggling on while heaving a sigh
Try to be strong though starting to cry
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