I have sailed the seas in a ship made of diamonds
pearl coloured sails and the moonlight to guide
I have swum in the depths and played in the shallows
felt the child in my womb jump for joy in the night
but wherever I go, that’s where I’ll find me
there’s no running away.
For I always need to come home again
even if voices may beg me to stay.
When I write a song, I just let the words flow. Nonsense a lot of the time, but this doesn’t bother me. Nonsense never did. What bothers me is what the world calls reality.
If I set off into reality, to scrub a bathroom, say, or plunder the veg counter in the local shop, I can call it whatever I want. If it’s me, which I usually am, I will find faces among the brassicas and patterns in the legume basket. Bananas are definitely grammar (( as are the full stops of blueberries, although the mushy ones could be commas. In the bathroom, I can set up quite a rhythm with the loo brush around the bowl, and a serious counterpoint if I add the squirts of cleaner at just the right moment. Over at the basin, there is a splendid piece of art going on with shaving foam droplets and toothpaste in a lovely concave composition, one I almost don’t want to wipe away.
Downstairs, the new washing machine having finally laid down moorings (I found the spirit level), hums and sloshes and the washing powder tin on the shiny white top, thrums a little to itself. In the kitchen, I can whizz, chop, stir fry or simmer. The fridge, faulty, bless it, but still going, hums and burps and emits sudden gurgles, much like a happy baby. When the man of the house makes a sandwich, the floor takes on a wonderful speckle, that looks as if we had an early flurry of snow, and when the little dog laps her water, the spilled drops reflect the sunlight and sparkle like jewels.
On the line, the breeze pulls and pushes at the washing, slowly, at first and faster as the water moisture lifts back into the sky, whence it came, via the tank in the loft, of course.
I have flown as high as the geese and then higher,
burst like a seed through the hymen of space
I have watched a star explode into millions
new lights for the darkness, in patterns of lace
But wherever I go, that’s where I’ll find me
there’s no running away
for I always need to come home again
even though voices may beg me to stay.