THE WATER MAN
This is intended both as a poem and a play.
You are your own narrator.
The multiple voices are as restless as one's conversation with a city, starting late one night, and can be viewed as a projection of the narrator, or reader. Characters will begin to form, exist momentarily and dissolve. It is in the dissolution that they become one, this is our nature.
These multiple voices are also the reader/narrator vocalising of the fears of our society, embodied in the idea of homelessness as the physical sense of not having posessions, and of mental homelessness as the mind not being confined to merely physical interactions. This is representative of an individual and collective unwillingness to deal with 'the unknown'. This manifests as individual 'certainties' and collective 'facts'. The more certain we become of these, the more we see in others our fear of the unknown. Schitzophrenia walks the street in multiple personalities at all hours of the day and night and this is normal.
'Salvations in the plural' – John Donne
'Yo! - 'ears of entrampment
I beg thee loiter with entente'
''Them four rained on wind-
in' walls; harvest-
in' space she patiently
ears till ringing
Cryptine chapel rappeling-
You la sees her sees (yeax) again, and again
dancing through them (stills our skins),
box you whisprin' ears - not sound, but
gaps in the gaps in the teeth of waves between,
projective barge to and fo'
square up and to the sho'
H'ive half a mind (for a while, now)
'to be when?' - (me two myself) -
We all 'I see
you hear me...'
Your two tribes have gone
Into their separate way...'
''A good question -
Finding where the time stopt,
Take it back! Or they'll make you
To move along,
Come down the bank with me, a bit and see
My cabinets – see their maker's house-
'Old name. Branded names
You understand – Watch the waves with me till dawn
And keep our fire warm'
By lapping - what'r them - boxes still
He played on them (our skins) for me with heavy drops
Sapped and spat
'The Weather is our only English God'
'Man, Me 'n' Old man, danced together in the rain
and told of terrible mind. A terrible state of Mind,
As we danced to the clap of
Waves on hole'
Waves on Hull
wash up, look down and wave between waves,
be brought outside box
in s'ur-face tense?
'We can not know...'
'Man, first person problems -
Like what would be if I was them,
feel like not-I,
conductive current shifts,
Livin' me through'
Delay your night and day dream'
Stream-swims by itself every third second,
Slow yourself... see when we,
Move them too - ''
You: 'Don't move'
Old man abandoned his textruded shells and
Divin' in said that he'd creatined
Into the rippling of forms
MINISTERS TOTEM & TABOO,
Four wall-time by two
One 'Aye', One Yous?'
'I am their mus-ic
aft the drumming, yous
spring down, all humming in the same,
Age old music, steppin' on
down, tell us lil' bit by bit,
ran moonlight off the water-man
''Sirens you! migrations away!
duty-bound & duty-stay,
''Nightin'gal you singing siren-state,
'leased to precipitate,
squat-rain form in to''
''Let's have a game,''
one said: too other: ''P'leeze – them faces all the same''
We looks him, shadow - man's'itting down stream,
muttering as we gleam - 'she's all of us you know...'
Over and over, all things-in-to'.
''Allo darlin' - Ole Ben Johnson
leerin' gently to the blue,
mad' 'ee said, leans in and heavy on 'is drink,
'tha one picked up tonight?' 'One clean floozy too,
At the time, I swears she has
Seven heads on the two'
'Way to go, low-tone man says with the flo'
Chillin' down through the six lane double true,
Rows and rows them out window & moves me down them blues'
You: 'Sing us up some minor keys again,
Lap and find and break again
souled up against their wall,
Ails against the col'
Living it up and over || the shop, see the window-
lights winking lil' down || and ov...er-whelmed
She told us, down the bridge || with broken glass, and still
they're coming in, wailing || through the night, my sleep,
Again the sound || gone to song.
''Lookin' in the wind-
(Ow) too 'tinged for more,
Again, beat – rain - beat man down,
Again four to the floor''
Lets' get them changes out
For the shop man, slow.
''Certain Inconsistencies' says the radio,
'Shopp'ed till me drop me
shadow-bags and bump me into sides'' - day-time-chat-show,
Wake... s'high tide,
We're terrified, and running || back you see, static
sur-face freeze and let's laugh || away and breeze forlorn,
fine temple of the morn || The tide is weeping, up-on us -
wash away, my love, || come along and see,
the pillars standing tall || - once removed, fair to stall.
Flowed out from the city || 'nother day of dancing
skins raw in the sun || as we cooled to the clap,
Pitchers o'er brimming || sticking sun, and wind and solvent.
Then both saw the lady in || blue and tattered down,
Stood her up for the fire || seen in her health out
front, all years before || movement up-on movement.
Makes me go to liquid || 'fingers, reach me up,
and boy, get stuck in || S'word in stone, re-
member me a-gain || upturn your hands and
let me read aloud || your line, stay still, now'
'TOTEM & TABOO - are you hang-in' though?'
'Cap'n'man – sets out || all binary steer and sonar.' 'Alo?'
'Zeno who I am?' || 'Yello? Ze-nu'boat
left half past ago' || You: 'Over flo'
ENIGMA CLAYED OF || BONE AND BONE OF CLAY
'Gee, go green jay go! || sighed of old night oh!
un-dress me, take my || sword and go,
I'll find you in dis || array last night-bird's
Red moon, TOTEM AND || TABOO SHO'
You: 'by what'
'want to whisper...
you mustn't know...
See the boat-rain from the shore
Fall though, past layer
and Sixteen times
the wind-ward door,'
'Keeps themselves down, I do,
Down stairs and still
You: Walked on, past our fires up the top,
Old man saying out loud, 'All is not lost'
To the gentle crackle, the gentle slap,
By is'self he baptised the water down
And found her holy ground.
You: 'Came down from where, my love?
Time-streamed out the (one short) down-stream door,
'Fi now dem queenin' man's on different tracks,
'On the blacks!' under lock and keys, all guild
birds out and out again,
When was the last time you were in?
A while ago, 'just visit-in',
See now, till 'ee gets out, again.'
'we just down flow'
'Heads you call'
heads you fall
Said the one pacin'
up and down the wall,
Dropped down and sidled up - stared at, man,
me n' old man, suppin' full the water-fall.
'I am the river, we || playin' whirlpool on
the juke, same old, Fears || play the one again,
You, know the number || ''we marchin' on repeat
feelin old man 'ears ||down night-rain' street,
Underneath the lamp-post || by the barrack gate,
sound a seepin'- under || doors till a 'lil, movement
goes and flows out, || mind, and still you wait,
See the changes in || by our three-time fates.'
'We cravin' a-new || channel; de'ja'see
her tributary flew || past the last one we
Knew and then the next || She's all yo' Sees,
crew dem vexed || fi tread carefully on...
Wake s'high tide,
Ache, sigh, ride on
Another day begone,
Currents-away we electric-harvesting
What got thrown in today? || Tell me telephone machines
Cast away in rage || and dropped in joy,
You're ringing all || The same tune now,
You: 'People too' points || out the feet of one,
Fall into line with the || others. 'Last time we
had a faller, two || hundred meters by one
'er...self' they fell, || I remembers:
'ow did you thinks we got another voice?'
lil' wink and nods off, too herself, frights,
awakes in waves, terrors playin' dice
and fast, she breathes, dream-swims by her nights.
You: ''Dig the line. Yes I do
Dream the ripe fruit of our labo'
Double-downed me at the side,
Took me for a ride,
Sat me down and told me,
What? he'd like to do to me
As we drove past familiar theatres,
In your dreams.'' He flatly says, looking
out of the corner of his eye, whilst looking
'Puts pearl on your tounge, and watch -it
go down. Like the queen.' There I said it'
You: can get out now.
She – getting' out said thanks for the now.
Nothin' but love as she looked down-street - 'erd the
-talkers standing at the stop,
Standin' up the top, see all the miles, point
Us out the resevoir, underneath comes all the flo,
Fo' de city, ah! She and he, sits down, anoint
the holy - fires dem up you know.
'Hows we in two places at once?' 'Easy, she,
We movin' all,' said He, 'game o tricks and free'
'Look down in the head and out for her,
Instructed my love, stage flow do (mer),
How s' done
Win... 'er over
You: always win.
'No-ones-thought of the ergonomics of the
building-on-the-bank in it's develop-mental
stages, from the point of view someone,
sitting round a fire outside it;
We can't go on living || under spaces not
Designed for us and || totally forgot'
'Failure of modern || architecture, I
Call it' one says to others, flat.
'OI, listen 'ere' says under-blankets-man
'Yes we can, my family's || been travellin' for
Three hundred years, we || was around before
the city started spring 'in || up all for-mal
'an he can prove it, look 'ee
kissing his sister, deep and for a while,
Wit' tounges and the like.'
'It's fine - we all beat || broken characters'
Have a laugh and move along,
Or you'll get stuck in sings
One too the other in song,
'We're imminently || Shifting poles between
Centres in experiments || to see when they'll shift
Of their own accord || see the lies of the land
runs every morning || on and by the news-board'
'Look, here we are, see || our movements forward
Breakin' out the car || park, holdin' us, hands
and wind-walkin' || together far-talkin' toward'
'Quit your mumbles Mr,
quiet your sensations,
both of you's better
find a peace o' cessation or
Put one to another fo'gripe'
You: forgettin' that || we love each other and,
Goes and gathers flow- ||- ers by the river,
Out of the mouths of || the fountains-in the
parks, baptising fo'- ||- mation gave the lonesome giver
You: let me in, all || the time pass by us,
for-now 'ees burblin' || on the mad brooker
Takes 'is horses more || serious I think,
Than anyone I || know, ee'r heard down on
the serpentine, the ever || lastin' rhyme do flow'
Yesterday was a || hard night, night man,
The mains broke and the || electric and the water
Engineered themselves || together with men,
Street filled with vans || all fashion of sparks
family's all around || install the faces
Come in all the flavours || 'Here's one for you,'
'Which one you goin' to? || pick one why don't
You: we all sharin' || downs the blue, love,
Lady, down it still|| pours, 'renchin my Soul
and getting older || 'Used not to feel; death-
ly cold, this winter-||-'straight up cruel
'Precipitate's my last || clouded breath, love'
'Come with me and run || out into the blazing
Sun, and rest upon || the greens, all lazy
hummin' at the seams || internalise blue sky
Think and stare again || straight up, I dare you'
Wink and stand and chase || a while with me, my
Love, let's pretend a || thousand things and over-
bend ourselves in strange || shapes on the grass, and
sing, indescrim-||-inately in public parks'
But we got the summer-||-time blues, tarmac hot,
change too loose, falls through|| holes made by sweat-in'
the road, with the beep-||-in' cars and loveless
scars of the repair || -men in overalls
too hot to take a drink || from the waterin'-hole-up!
Back in the train form || and looked out the winder
see another folorn, || lookin' in the same,
Looked away down the || big winder, glanced back
and look em straight || up and down again,
They looked up and || sunshine off the tracks.
You: reiterate || and take a mo
'Dese nights we been beneath the || librarian's beat
our meetin' outside ||with the ghosts could hear
the inside shuffle-dance || rotating ladders meet
thems climbin' up the shelves,' || Wake and fall outside,
'Find why they flow back || to the great collect-
ion, all the drains down || the great filtrator
'The river runs us by || my love', 'And we gets
to watching, Bleeds out || the noise of the noise'
'Ol' man and river || wide ol' river,
Seen 'im s'itting on || the break-water-
Sendin' lines out ||and waiting forever
The gentle gulls flying' || out the bad weather'
'Ee's perpetually || out to see'in' her
dream out there to the || horizon swim
and gleam her seemin' there'
Same place w'ere late at || night you come and find
The little huddle || turning over bones
and laughing to the moon
'Us three we troubles, || we playin' on the skins
music of the warblin' || chins and beat upside,
The drum comes in || old the boxes aft the din
Make a turn and dance || the night away, my love
Dive in! Stream the swim || and feel the hairs, under-
Stand up and leave s'ur-||-face that overflows,
Under-neath the blows || breathe again, reach the end
And feel the muddy sands || retain the air from under-
Neath your toes.
'I through them in, feel || the wind rattle through, under-
Pass and shake the broken || glass within: you leave
the mental-pl'eeze and || find a siding wheeze
'Scuse me officer'
'Down in the barge they || found me in the bales'
'What they do you -
for' 'nothin' but loiterin' with-in-ten'
'Das fine, man, could a been worse'
'Could a been worse'
'Dropped me off around || the corner', weren't two-
steps, round another || one the same, then they
picked me up again
'They searched me too' || 'Did you have any-
thing on you, that you || shouldn't have,' 'ee said.
'They breakin' down the door' || in the memory
comin' up, swims the || vision breakin' beat
Back' through the floor || 'Tears em up them ole bills
I do, worth nothin' more || than dirty pictures'
'Can't live like this fo' || long time you know'
'But we will try, my || love, come walk a while,
on down by the green || waters, see the algae
blossom, look up, the sun || and put on your smile'
You: said 'I'm dying' || on the sign, too late
we pass out on each || other's good sides
'And yet we still alive'
Good night; 'yes
It is! Lasts forever I do
Says one too two;
'Pass me relatives, man' 'you
got them already.'
Tune-in' forward on the dials,
Up the numbers, turn me down,
Look up my movin' face around,
'Can you feel the eddy's at the corners
Of the eyes'
'been 'ere centuries'
'Where's the one you seek? || Dey said, That old one,
tune flown down, and by || the waters move-in' love
Yous sit up, talkin || loud in the midnight,
of bending light and || places in the same
'Das a good sign' 'ee || said moving gently
'Askin' questions it-||-self again' the time'
Mister Reversi 'real and quiet || must we move, our doubles,
stills our game, sees the || stain and settles at the
entrance o'er the other side
What did you find?
'S'all dreams and architectural, man'
the fat river ran, || seemin' hardly move the rows,
'Was it beautiful?' tell the || blind one' how the water
moves, 'remembers years || ago, what the s'urface
looked alike with the ||light glint softly so.
'Admission Free' down || the lines two again-
st themselves and mo'
'They just be like'
lean closer in
heavy breath with gin
'Them sweet melodies climb
through the cracks in the windows thin
to light the dance within,
Felt the waters runnin'
We playin' statues on the side,
down the street we 'ear magic through the faces
'Change them up faster, man,
See the familiars around'
'Love, take them by surprise'
But I liked the one before
'One two, the three old
Blues come through'
'Can't hear the words clear -
Late the night draws near'
You: one's into the threes
Hits them lucky numbers
Up with me
'Come on man, got to || look alive-but-not-to
Wake the dead'
You's wrong in the head-'
'Are we fine? or has the current swam
Past ourselves in the wrong orders'
'They magic fingers' – 'open up'
Reveal your flowin'-up,
Father's face? Yes..
keeps it changin' every times
'Momma tole me once a picture'
'Wen' blind one day dijer?
What was your crime?'
'They won't be too much longer'
'Ole bills on em two wheelin'
Schemers up the river, ran
Piecin' themselves with the
Weather and countin' themselves
'Interestin' that they couldn't see,
All the spaces between
And the everlastin' holes
Took all the troubles down one day, no questions - no?
'Disappearing out of sight,'
drunk the trouble of the night.
'Play the oldest one again'
You: 'Taboo-chi-coo || What's come over you?'
Totem's cap'n'ed down all sloppy, like
Somethin' real messy'
'That's tangiable bad flows 'ee says quiet like
'Rolls me over your
eyes upturned and hands
me'a-walk in time,
''Slowly-love, bruise and bend
f'lowers rising wind-
ow pane behind,'
'Too many heads!
Form run-down in'-
to one' turns out
'The dance is done'