Follow the Stone Part Two: The Poetry

Follow the Stone Part Two

The Poetry

Four poems have emerged so far from the work on Follow the Stone. (Password: strata2020)

 

Written after Moving   11 June 2020 before Virtual Strata 2020

I

Walking

Painful day today

Full of pain

Head pain

Knee pain

Heart pain.

 

Walk just walk.

Listen to the black poet who grew up fully loved

And

The musician, son of a trafficked woman who grew up fully sheltered

And think of

Mum and slow leaving.

 

Can’t work today.

Can’t think today.

Can only walk

Walk and cry.

 

Cry with angry tears.

 

Walk with angry steps that stopped when the golfers ignored my right of way

So I turned the other cheek,

Not in love for an enemy

But in disgust and anger,

Thinking about municipal and commercial

 

Then the third golfer gave way

So I crossed. He was kind.

 

It is the year of hindsight and vision

According to Nakho Bear[1] :

Where we came from

Where we’ve been

And the ultimate future we want.

 

We’ve been pulled up short and found wanting.

 

 

Written after Moving  12 June 2020 before Virtual Strata 2020

 II

Yoga

Delaying tactics – writing

writing

writing

thinking

thinking

thinking

Remembering

Remembering

Remembering

 

Mat rolling

Moving

Feet

 

Limit to 30 minutes

Structure in constraint

Keep to the count

Breathe, dream, wander, breathe

 

Unknotting

Unthinking

Unknowing

 

Slow

Slow

Slow

 

Stretch

 

Hold

 

Breathe

 

Written During Virtual Strata June 2020 

III 

GOING: Journey to the Stray

Turn left and straight

Turn right

At letterbox turn left

At litterbin turn right

Cross road

Down Little St Ives Street

Turn left through Viking Village

 

Pause

 

Lots of people

 

Carry on to second park gate

Enter and find arrived parties playing football

or sitting

or taking photographs

 

TIME’S PASSING

LONG WAY ROUND

 

Wastes time

 

Over the bank

Through the park

back entrance

over Balmoral

 

arrive The Stray

 

Come upon a den

A mucky half left den

 

Arrived I think.

 

STAYING:

The gentleness of staying

Ivy robin decay

Dog branches living and dead

socks

Boys

Cans

Man and log

Sunshine decking

Shimmer

Flies

“Haven’t you finished this path yet?”

 

Take the shortcut back

Means being less mindful though.

 

Written during Virtual Strata June 2020

IV

When you let it all go

What is left?

Nothing and something of nothing

 

Locked off

Open out big

Blocked off

Containment

Contamination in the nation

Touch

Surface

Con-structure

Con-stricture

Construct the structure

Strict-Stract

Extract

Tract

Packed, Poked, Picked

and packaged for

deliverance.

All poems by Carran Waterfield

© Carran Waterfield 2020

Part Three delves into the emerging route and roots.

 

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nahko_and_Medicine_for_the_People accessed 10 November 2020

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