Monday, 3 October 2016

Exchange

Photo: Su Joy


Mesmeric, the elastic stretch and slinky spring compression of a white accordion with a silver plate that hosts a constellation of black holes, the wheeze of the tune as the plate turns gold in the firelight accompanied by the drone of singing until we finally fall into sleep like children in a forest crib. 

I keep my appointment with the dawn, gun grey sky and no knowing, too early to tell in this circle of hill, which is north or south. 

Later, a cluster of tents and flags and streamers - a sort of cross between a war time field hospital and knights of old jousting festival. 

Tired, unshaven men sealed in cars, each responsible for his own tribe within a temporary tribe, Smart phones plugged into cigarette lighter sockets engaged in an exchange with the outer world, none of us quite ready, brave enough to make a clean break of it.

Photo: Su Joy

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