Have you ever played a trust game? Those exercises that depend upon you trusting the other participants? I did recently for the first time in ages. We had to run across an empty room into the arms of the other people, simple you might think, but you had to wear a blindfold.
I think I took about a hundred years to cross, slowly, four metres. Hence this poem.
twenty of us wait in a ragged line
to catch the blindfold runner
who slows to a tentative halt
two-thirds of the way across
the rehearsal room floor
though the next paces out the twelve steps
he forgets to count before he stops
an arms length from salvation
and so it goes each person quick or slow
then it’s my turn to wear the sleep mask
I totter many miles
before welcoming arms hold me
I am not sure it is complete yet, I only wrote it this week, so am far too close to see the flaws. I was going to call it The Blindfold Runner but I think Trust is a better title. Watch this space on that one.
Here's Aterciopelados.Until next time.