Three Drops from a Cauldron

My long-time friend, magical creature and pirate queen, Kate Garrett-Nield has her capable fingers in an abundance of pies – one juicy example being the delicious Three Drops from a Cauldron online journal which features myth, legend, folklore, fable and fairytale.

I have worked with Kate a few times and in several guises but for Issue 20 (October 2017) my role was that of cover artist, after I responded to her call for suitable submissions and, here we are (again).

Hallowe’en is not a new piece but October can very much be a time for reflection so it seemed appropriately whimsical. Go check out Three Drops from a Cauldron and lose yourself for a while…

© Mel Lampro / Hallowe'en Cover Art; original painting, water colour and ink.


I was recently invited to write a guest post for the Macmillan Cancer Support online community. If you are curious about what I wrote, you can read it here:

Guest post: “I am a badass”

If you have arrived here via the link above – welcome and thank you for reading.

Donations to Macmillan Cancer Support can be made via my JustGiving page.

Current ‘fight song’ is “Not Gonna Break Me” by Jamie N Commons.

#NGBM ~ Smart choice, Gracie! ♥


i saw the moon


a crescent sliver




from the rent cloth

of the sky

Wherever You Roam Covre

Previously Published:

Wherever You Roam: Volume 2 (Slim Volume)

Edited by: Kate Garrett

Available from Amazon

© Mel Lampro







swelling heavy

on it’s burdened stalk




eclipsed in span-shadow

an arachnid



by the majesty of flight


ambles on again


out of proportion

© Mel Lampro / Previously published: Route 57, University of Sheffield Online Arts Magazine [2006].










onto it’s sanctuary

as the sleeper

seals it’s destiny








it’s essence

it’s existence

denying any claim

on identity

on equity



© Mel Lampro / Previously published: Route 57, University of Sheffield Online Arts Magazine [2006].


Each sliver was meticulously placed. The bright gash of light reflected every surface, curve and flaw, as tender dawn pierced shrieking night; bloodied fingers pressed shards into virgin plaster, haemorrhaging ruby cherry threads – drying damp, burial brown. Scratching though chimes of light, fingers sighed and sobbed a thick aria; unnatural selection in precise chaos – creation oozing from frozen, shattered ectoplasm that prayed to be whole.

The window saw it all. Each homunculus lifted to its watery light – dumb, distorted duet. Such silence as follows detonation; destination creation, destination destruction – same orchestra, different score. Detonate … deh-tone-ate … the sound consumed. The tongue rolled the words noiselessly in the mind, the tongue licked the fingers, the fingers sang and scratched through the chimes of light. Dawn after dawn, the gash grew wider, a brittle fungus choking its porous host. A confusion of arcs and trails that angled and curved into the facade – its facets legion and its brilliance fractured. Now the fingers were silent, the mind was quiet and the window sparkled as it traced its design and it saw that it was good.

“Seven times seven is forty-nine. Forty-nine. Forty-nine. Seven times seven is forty-nine – ”

The fingers chased the air, the feet turned on a razor, the mind span and the tongue sang:

“Seven times seven is forty-nine. Forty-nine. Forty-nine. Seven times seven is forty-nine – ”

Wet, red glitter spattered the ice, pattered and dazzled into gem pools that melted across the crystal floor. Thick, slick lips that kissed the feet as the heavy, bronze bell of laughter cannoned across a frozen lake, the sound drowned the sinner and the sin skimmed the surface as the skin peeled in prayer.

Rose had heaved and dragged each awkward mirror up the three flights of stairs to the attic she rented in a dark, red fist of terraced houses. The once affluent area was now colonized by shabby, gold bullion take-aways, aromatic late night grocery stores and a tumble of dusty charity shops bristling with static nylon and faded plastic. It was in these latter arsenals of the discarded that Rose found her mirrors, black-spotted relics of the nineteen forties with rusted hanging chains and bevelled edges crimped with imperfections.

She was drawn to the windows of these hoards – their frail panes, shrouded with faded blueprints of worthy causes, framed staring, naked dolls with blistered smiles and matted hair; barnacles of brass bric-a-brac and the petrified faces of pressed voices, peering out from their flat, seven inch worlds. It was in one of these stores that she had bought the hammer. The drag of the rubber handle as she weighed it in her hand felt secure and she knew she could trust it. Cowled in a waxy, crackle of paper, the head was pock-marked, its black patina veined with silvery flecks. Rose held her metal disciple close to her chest as she slid sideways between the ramshackle shelves – like a scared, stray dog picking its way through the stooping, crushing streets of a high-rise city.

She watched her face twist into a grotesque storm, infinity misted the window and the low, growls of cornered thunder coagulated into a wrenched, dripping howl. Directing every inclination of its clawed skull, Rose let the hammer tear her message through the souls of the saved. Redemption exploded into a bright, white kaleidoscope as Rose’s wraiths were exorcised. Once, she had been lovely – once she had been loved. But that was before. Now, her cerulean skies were heavy, grey rain clouds and they poured.

“Seven times seven is forty-nine. Forty-nine. Forty-nine. Seven times seven is forty-nine … Amen.”

© Mel Lampro / Previously published: Artful, University of Sheffield Arts Council Magazine [2006].


Several months ago, it was my privilege to find myself included as one

the volunteers for the E.D.E.N Film Productions lesbian, gay, bisexual and

transgender (LGBT) community filmmaking workshop: E.D.E.N Action!

Initially it was intended that should I avail myself of the project’s mission,

which was to make facilities available to any unemployed members of the

LGBT community from Sheffield and its surrounding areas to develop their

filmmaking and employability skills but after a couple of sessions I was

further invited to guest-write a blog.


Unfortunately this is where I came a smidge’ unstuck. Due to an

unexpected and exceptionally inconvenient health issue, I had only

accomplished one blog post before I sensationally flaked out and had to

abandon my peers.


This befitted more than a small irritation because, even though I am a

filmmaking novice, the opportunity to work on a truly creative LGBT

venture was a terribly exciting prospect for me and my enthusiasm had

definitely overcome any of the initial buds of vacillation.


However, before I was indecorously carted off for months of undignified

prodding I did manage to draw on a couple of bananas, provide a semi-

mobile wardrobe service and later almost overdosed one of the other

volunteers on Hobnobs. This may yet be a personal best.


So you may wonder what I could possibly have gained then, from this

assignment that I began but did not finish, with potential new skill sets

largely unrealised and premières missed?


E.D.E.N Film Productions and the E.D.E.N Action! volunteers have kept

me updated on their progress and involved me whenever they could.

They have taken time acknowledge my brief input, to both check in to

see how I was doing and inform me how their endeavours were faring; I

have even had personal visits and overall a more unique insight into the

delivery of their enterprise than I could ever have had as a ‘hands-on’



The community spirit conveyed to me from the outset and then later on

through selfless and inclusive actions confirmed that which I already

knew; E.D.E.N Film Productions is no ordinary organization and you

should all keep an extremely close eye on them (literally and figuratively)

because they are moving mountains and, they have the footage to prove