Words by Tom Collins in response to Seven-Drawer Chest by Zoe Murphy

Illustration by Assa Ariyoshi


The donkey man came round last night. He
was wearing a sombrero with ‘Kiss Me Quick’
on a band around the crown, and carrying a
pink piñata.

“That’s not chic,” I said, wiping chilli con carne
from the Formica top.

“It reminds me when I was a lad, walking
donkeys on Margate beach,” he replied, a tear
dropping from his Zapata moustache.

The piñata rattled. I looked for a snake.

“The chest is over there. Those drawers once
held my most precious things.”

“Only he who carries the coffin knows how
much the dead man weighs,” he said, leaving.

Click here to view the design that inspired this piece of writing.

Writer: tomcollinsscribbler.com / @tcollins298
Designer: zoemurphy.com
Illustrator: Assa Ariyoshi