Moving Landscape, by Rocío Prieto Rodríguez

A red and yellow worm serenades his blue garrapata friend with an orange mandolin.  There’s a window into the fishes, the sulphur is looking at me.

Beyond are the Triangules that keep screaming while the circle has gone very sad because the strontium tagged it.

Two burnt out matches are falling down.  Their phosphorus smell makes me cough and lose my balance.  Down there in the distance the copper and zinc of the church cross blink and García Lorca walks by with his pet seal.

I fly through a toothy rainbow; it’s sticky with spring.

A man is playing basketball with a promethium watermelon.  The guitarfish is watching him but the sad duck decides to leave.

Close by: Argentum! – the sound of two motorbikes crashing.  Cadmium and Rhodium, the men with bottle top heads, have come to the rescue.

Hafnium horse, tantalum snake, number 72 – No, no, you’ve got it wrong!  You mean me – me!  Quetzalcóatl, the plumed serpent, eating the man; a human sacrifice that ensures Helium will rise again tomorrow.

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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