Friday, 5 April 2013

Infinite Guitars (For Robert)


Pallets were once a big part of my life.

I have a strange affection for them. 

I spent five years of my life stacking them. 

Moving, lifting them. 

Burning them.

The conversations I had with truck drivers as I unloaded them.

The driver with a big red beard and blood shot eyes.

In a way, he was a free man. 

On the road with his cassette collection. Rock and roll all day, all night. Smoking as and when he wanted with no boss fuming down his throat.

A rough life with no future.

Carrying pallets out the warehouse doors into a December 5 o'clock. Fire blazing on a piece of waste ground. Me, glad to get away from the boss, his endless boundless enthusiasm for the profit all going his way.

Profit built on credit. Profit built on sand. The Range Rover parked on the waste ground.

A rough life, no future.

Feeding the pallets into the fire. Seeing the boss, the employees, his employees in the yellow light.

The blood shot driver, smoking through his red beard.

A rough life. No future. Infinite guitars.



10 comments:

  1. Jonathon - it is such a gift to have someone be inspired by a simple image. this story is yours and i am very happy to be a small part of it. thank you.

    ~robert

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    1. Much more than a small part. Thank you Robert.

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    2. Useful, mysterious and about work--the structure.

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  2. The closing phrase, accreting through the poem, opens out to a wild music.

    Work and what it does to you. And those strange remaining affections.

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    1. Thanks WB. Good to hear from you, through the infinite guitars.

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  3. Taken together with the last post, this begins to suggests the beginnings of a novel.

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    1. I see what you mean. Thank you, Tom.

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  4. Always nice to see that smile.

    Thank you Kim.

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