In Britannia, Awake & Adrift | Bath, street level.

I seem to be finding my way again but clearly, winter and a cold spring have taken their toll. The gang is out, everyone shooting on their own this afternoon. I record a few bits of audio, jot down a couple of words...tentative steps. Experimenting.  

“Crowds & electric saws
sunbeams
 & wind.”
 


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Dignity & republics

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Labour Day
as summer exhales
its faint breath of wilting leaves
 & sorrow.
A final gasp
before the rush
of winds.

The kids went back to school this week, as they usually do. Life returned to its clockwork normalcy and we all settled once again into the grooves we know so well. But on Saturday I turned on the television, a little before 9:00 AM, grabbed a coffee and found a spot on the couch in our living room. I sat there for the better part of the morning, alone at times, answering questions from the girls at others—who is this daddy? What’s going on?. Jacob was playing video games. Cynthia joined me for a bit, then moved in and out.

I couldn’t budge.

I watched a nation remember its soul. I watched as the ghosts of honour, duty and dignity descended and stormed in through soft abandon, the halls echoing from voices possessed, pushing assembled men and women towards some semblance of recollection, of honesty. I watched and hoped for rebirth. How could anyone go back to business as usual after these solemn moments had passed? How could anyone justify inaction in the face of renewed cruelty and lies? Or stand-by as an abyss threatened to swallow the foundational core of their republic? I watched and hoped.

Then during a pause I loaded the cesspool that is Twitter: the vile coward hadn’t even stopped spewing hate as the rest of the world mourned. Not surprising of course. But still another drop of poison in the bloodstream.

I took these images to reconnect—with the things we‘ve lost and those we still have.
As summer exhaled.

Impressions, Route 132.

And after we are in the new house, when memories of other places we have lived in come back to us, we travel to the land of Motionless Childhood, motionless the way all Immemorial things are
— Excerpt from: The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard.

like moving inside a gallery
new paintings at every short mile we cross.
I'm so rarely the passenger...


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In Britannia, Awake & Adrift | Malmesbury I

Kevin picks me up at Gatwick. He quickly gets off the M-something to give me an actual feel for the country—the more you travel, the more you realize all highways look the same. But I’m too jet lagged to notice much.

In Malmesbury I finally meet his lovely wife Gemma and the kids. We spend the afternoon in the big bright sun...as I slowly dissolve into a blabbering mess.
No dreams tonight—
just the sweet anesthesia of comatose sleep.


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Wildlings P7

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