Trying something different this morning: free writing to a song. This is called ‘Aqua’ and I wrote it to ‘The Wind that Shakes the Heart”, with minimal editing. Do listen and read if you have the time. JRx
I see aqua. Aquamarine. Open waters. The golden sovereignty of sand. A line of foam. Feel the sun’s hot fingers stroking my neck. There were only two places I burned there. Once in Tanzania. Once somewhere else. Israel? Florida? Indonesia? Dubai – I don’t recall. But the heat. It lingers in your mind. On cold days like this. To float on the waves. In the waves. No cares. Freedom. Scuba diving over a jagged reef. The glittering, glimmering coral. Transfixed by the beauty of fish. Lost. The depths beneath. Stretching down to death. Resting above it all; knowing I’ll stay up here. Held aloft by the air in my lungs. The density of my bones. My kicking flippers.
I love words. I love their exactitude. Their nuances. The following 38 words are from Mervyn Peake’s Titus Groan. See how many you know, and leave me a comment below.
Joshua Raven, novelist. Read about my writing and my life here. And have you discovered 5fingers yet?