Planet X

When relationships end, ex-lovers all fly off to live together on a beautiful planet with all your lost biros, peanuts, pieces of paper with important information, beloved shirts, misplaced umbrellas and scarves left in restaurants. All the perfect fruit you’ve ever eaten, that made your eyes pop open - the complex, fragrant lemons, the watermelons that were sweet right down to the rind, the buttery mangoes that dribbled jungle gold - it all grows there, on that planet. The vague, freakish, sweet, wrenching flashes of street-corners, picture books, silvery winter sunshine and the smell of rain as you once ran, happy, in a tropical morning - everything good that is lost forever to you lives there still, on a beautiful planet, far away, which, yesterday, collided with a huge asteroid and exploded. Gone forever.