Friday, 4 March 2011 10:34:45
So far the result of the stimuls of the NATE Conference and the Evolving English exhibition has been a bit of a miscellany, a mixed bag or a mishmash. Lovely alliteration, Trevor, but where does it get us? Perhaps just an admission that sometimes you have to let things settle, simmer and suffer a bit of uncertainty.
One image that came to me quite powerfully while in London was the situation of travellers into London, whether commuters or delegates, being like the way that underground streams form from all the drops of rain gradually coalescing, sinking through the porous earth and rock... Then one stream meets with another; the mass of water gathers and finally they burst out of Kings Cross Underground Station - or equivalent.
I wonder if that is just the material for a a verse or two - or just a haiku? A similar image occurs to me when seeing pupils arriving in their individual droplets, gathering into twos and threes and dripping into school, finally pouring into the reservoir of school assembly. And later in the day - the dam bursts!
- Initially inspired by Beowulf, bizarrely!