Primeval/Primordial, by Phyllis Lane

Monsters eating babies,
snakes twisting and turning,
eyes burning into me,
dreams and nightmares,
a trail of sploges and splashes,
on a trancelike journey,
church purple,viridian green,poppy red,
azure blue,banana yellow,
black dots and lines,
hieroglyphics and semaphores,
repetitious,mysterious and unchanging – primeval.

Walking with Sandra to Camley Street Nature Park,
passed huge excavations,transformations,
knots of yellow helmeted human termites,
digging,moving mountains of earth,
building more temples to Babel.
Camley Street a complete surprise,
an oasis of stillness,gentleness and quiet.
Chattering, pond-dipping children,
delighting discovering whirligig beetles,
water boatmen,pond skaters and dragon flies.
Brian Cox “Wonders of the Universe”
says we humans are made from the earth’s
molecules of air,dust,water and fire.
Carbon,oxygen,hydrogen, nitrogen,
calcium,phosphorus and trace elements
of aluminum,magnesium,silicon,copper,cobalt,
iron,zinc,iodine,selenium and fluorine –
combustible stardust- primordial.


About claire collison

Writer, photographer, creative facilitator, and breast cancer survivor, I am currently Artist in Residence at the Women's Art Library (WAL) My first novel was a finalist in the Dundee Book Prize, and my short stories and poetry have appeared in print and online. In 2015 I was awarded second place in the inaugural Resurgence Prize, the world's first eco poetry competition, judged by Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. This blog began as a space for words generated on my walking/writing workshops at the Mary Ward centre in Bloomsbury - Writing the City (WTC). WTC has since grown to include many other venues, including the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Barbican, the River Rom, Southwark Woods, Aylesbury Estate, and most recently, as part of Walking Women festival, An Intimate Tour of Breasts. I have worked with Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, as the recipient of the first Max Reinhardt Literacy Award, designing teaching resources; and for The Photographers' Gallery, helping school children develop visual literacy as part of 'Seeing More Things'. If you would like me to design a workshop or walk for you, please be in touch!
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