It’s a rainy afternoon here in Dublin, so here’s a picture to counteract that.
It almost never happens, but a poem, of sorts, just arrived fully formed in my head.
It’s a true story. It happened in a bar in Prague almost thirty years ago.
Here it is:
A skinhead with a swastika tattoo
Apologized for his rude hippy friend
Complaining about foreigners coming
Into his country and taking the jobs
That nobody else wants to do – boo hoo!
I took this last night after putting the bins out at work. The diggers are working at what used to be a food bank.
This is one of the first photos I took back when I was trying to be a visual artist. I had fifty or so printed, and I still have them!
I still like it, maybe I’ll have them mounted and put them on etsy!
This caught my eye one night. Rickshaws had been a familiar sight in Dublin for a long time so I don’t know what it was that struck me about this.
Looking at the photo now, it seems odd that in what is called a developed country people should have to do this to earn a living.
I’m about halfway through writing a full length play. Unfortunately it’s not my own. Although I’ve had three plays produced, they were one acts, and I’m far from confident about my ability to write something longer.
I remember, years ago, reading that Sean O’Casey learned to write plays by transcribing Shakespeare. I don’t know if he copied all the plays, but I figured if it was good enough for O’Casey, it’s good enough for me.
I take a scene a day, two if they’re very short, and I find myself thinking about the characters differently than when I simply read the plays. More than that, I’m thinking differently about a play I’ve been trying to write for ages. In fact I’ve abandoned three plays because I couldn’t see how to make them longer than 30 to 40 minutes, even thought I know the subject matter can handle three or four times that length.
I’m on The Merchant of Venice now; I’ll do two more after that, and then give my own work another go.
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