Upfest

Houses have faded to grey. Colour slumbers. We drag our feet down monochrome streets, blinded by persistent monotony, unable to see the edge of the pavement or the bricks of the walls surrounding us. Corners are indistinct. We see only lead, tarmac and endless concrete, nothing more. Guided by gentle hands, faces emerge out...

#NaPoWriMo Day 30

Dice There’s no stopping the game. We are small plastic counters on a vast, overwhelming board. Of course we have some choices but are constrained by set paths. This game started years ago. Billions of players join and leave, all playing by their own rules, making them up as they go. Don’t complain about...

#NaPoWriMo Day 29

Astonishing Waking up first, listening to your breaths like small waves before the day floods in before we are swept along by waves of work, cleaning our living spaces, returning our library books, exploring and recycling, there is this one still moment where nothing moves, not even the clock. I lie in bed, surrounded...

#NaPoWriMo Day 28

Mountain Forever reaching for uncaring heavens, you stoic stone observer of our slight lives. Eternally unmovable, never changing. You will be worn down by indifferent winds, gouged by rains and constant cruel rivers, dismantled by small insects, rock by rock, until you are smooth and flat, another echoing grassland....

#NaPoWriMo Day 27

Dance At the start, a needle dropped in the darkness and all the nothing spun, starting up the groove. Quarks were the first to join, swaying to rhythm of a relaxed cha-cha-cha, joining together in new partnerships, forging protons, neutrons, even jitterbugging electrons, all whirling as one as the music got faster. Particles were...