RETURN TO THE KINGDOM OF MICROWAVED PORRIDGE:
Scattershot thinking, all plans changed! Time shifts two hours
forward, everything meticulously planned is a problem. Ride the
steely twins West into streets, find a quiet place. Get physically
rearranged for cameras, blonde on blonde on blonde. Read a book,
a magazine, luxury! Let pens wander free across pages, sunning
themselves on the shores of black tea lagoons. Don’t forget to eat.
Don’t forget water, honey, throat coat. Don’t forget to sleep.
Don’t talk too much or think. Don’t forget to bring a towel for
the morning, up too early get one local. Bring everything you need
to shower when you wake up in a field. Be portable, self sufficient.
Think like a drifter. Never lie in, beat the rush, first pick of the
cubicles. Pray it’s a clean one, no little wiggly hairs, glutinous
shower gel stains or remnants of last night’s scrubbings. Flip-flops
for protection from scabs & sores & irritations, a bag to hang on a
hook (pray there’s a hook). Oh glorious hook, deliver us from the
puddles in which we dress! Back on the bus, kettle on, make
conversation long before it’s safe. Withdraw to distance, disarm the
head. Find a quiet place, a book, a pen, watch & listen. Meditation
underscored by the soundchecking of repetitive drum.
Listening to Anthony Joseph – ‘Caribbean Roots‘