Showbiz Mother by Jen Hughes

(published August 2017)

Sweeping in, with a fur coat

Cigarette holder in hand

“That’s my daughter, don’t you know?

Isn’t she grand?”


“Oh dahling the crowd is mad

For her. I raised her you know.”

Casually chattering to a stranger

Who wants to go home.


But tobacco makes you choke

And fur makes you cry

So I am quite glad that you

Don’t have those things tonight.


You come and cheer at all

My gigs, however small.

You’ve no idea how happy I am

That you’ve come along.

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Jen Hughes is a young writer from Ayrshire, Scotland who has been furiously scribbling stories and world building since she was first writing sentences. She is a regular contributor to Outlet Publishing‘s ‘Diary of a Young Writer’ blog, and is studying English Literature and Film & TV Studies. She’s also been published in various online magazines, such as The Oletangy ReviewThe McStorytellersParagraph Planet and Pulp Metal Magazine.  If you liked “Showbiz Mother” and “Philosophy”, you can find her up-to-date portfolio of poetry and short fiction on, follow her on Twitter (@dearoctopus4), give her a like on Facebook (Dear octopus writing) or follow her Tumblr blog (