This is inspired by the first exercise which took place “in the dark”. This has come from a slightly different piece, which I will add and explain later.
Cold air encircles together
With the dark,
And gently nips at fingers
That reach to find
Solid walls and light switches
Out of reach and as elusive
As the shoes that hide and attack
Whilst doing the exercise, I was constantly aware and concerned that I would stub my toes on my -reinforced toe- shoes. The idea of feeling for light switches came when I was trying to turn on the light in my kitchen. It was pitch black, except for a flicker from the oven clock. I felt along the wall and still couldn’t find the light switch.
The piece originally began as the following:
Cold air encircles
Nipping fingers that reach
To find solid walls,
Desperately scrabbling for
Out of reach
As darkness threatens to thicken,
And closes in on the eyes
I trip over shoes that need tying on
Or tying down
As I fumble with the cords.
I liked the idea of shoes needing tying down, out of the way, as if they would jump out and attack my feet. I kept this idea, running the theme into the new piece. I felt that I’d put in to much description. I wanted the piece to be even shorter, succinct, cloying even. I wanted it to be oppressive, like darkness can be. I wanted it to feel anonymous, that shoes can attack indescriminantly, to whoever enters a dark hallway, half asleep. I didn’t feel that this was fluid, and that came with the final piece.