It’s intriguing, it is, how a shared set of thoughts becomes something else altogether when someone else thinks along with you.
My notes on our walk a couple days ago raised a comment, and in the ensuing email conversation the concept of ‘poetic process’ came to light. I had to confess that I couldn’t see, personally, what sort of themes my observations might be conveying. But when we thought about the notes together, a new idea sparked and suddenly, as I can now relate, a parallel mission arose:
Mission: Your poetic task: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [the process is percolating, still] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . but first, I think, share notes with others get feedback consider their observations enlarge the context epiphany grab a carrier bag psych yourself up for the jaunt forget the jacket, you’ll get hot away we go the first Raw Energy can not one, not two, four red kites circling above not the most opportune time to leave the big camera carry on, the mission awaits a doggy poo bag faded Irn-Bru can blackened plastic bottles vodka, not whisky coarse triangle wedges of expanded polystyrene a rubber ring a tattered doggy frisbee another doggy poo bag (leave the exposed doggy poo to rot) blasted plastic bags clambering down and then up, quite a scramble eee, I was young once, huffing and puffing pieces of lumber, place ‘em for a return carry more bottles and more cans more scrambles, down, sideways, back up you see different things on the way back tablet blister pack a heavy can — was it a kettle? two feed bins down at the bottom the bag’s getting heavy the broken egg cup the crockery piece strategically placed in a tree fork the Red Bull’s across the stream, nogo the deflated football and here we are home again shift the bag through the door and out the back open the rubbish bin and tip it in such a lot of stuff! try to remember what you got write it down
Well, there’s one more component to this exercise, this note-taking of a simple walk.
The epiphany, to drop a broad hint, encompassed this final component. The resolution must await another day.
For now, the joy’s revealed in both the exercise, and the sense of satisfaction at accomplishing something worthwhile.
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