I stepped out of the door quite early, I was already two miles high and grew more during the day. I surprised the girls I was working with by wearing one hat on top of another. I lifted them in turn when I said hello. Under the bottom hat was a rabbit with three rows of cannons running down each side of it’s body. The evening was spent in the lion’s den.
I walked the old farmer’s rope in the early hours, tying knots at regular intervals so I could find my way home again. However, I couldn’t find the glove puppet I went to school with and came back with telescopic arms. Whenever I laughed a single decker bus drove out of my mouth, every time revealing a different destination.
A casual, hole in the ground, kind of day. I walked around with a slipper on my head while pretending to be a cricket umpire. I didn’t have to go out at all although I did draw a number of knobs on the front door just in case. The bell wouldn’t ring when I pushed it but instead elected to die by hemlock rather than suffering the humiliation of banishment. In the evening I wrote letters to myself again!
The last day for a little while as an initialled handkerchief (a Red Indian handkerchief said the upright piano I had never learnt to play). I exchanged long words with short people before drawing big red lips on a white t-shirt. Messages hung from the ceiling like moth cocoons but I refused to notice them until it was time to go home.
I was still alive all day with the undertaker, she, still in black and hiding a tomato sauce bottle in her top pocket. We talked of the shadows of giant birds wings and the snippet of a song which was heard on the breeze as old animals walked slowly into the diminishing distance. I came home to find my home transformed into a windmill.
End of another week, with me a school boy caught wearing a wreath of spring flowers. I had a joke with the trainee undertaker before shaking her hand. She was dressed all in black with bright pink underwear. When the doll’s clothes were cast on the floor they spelt another word. I did arithmetic with spilt milk bottle tops.
I spent most of today in the garden, where giant bearded lizards made sinuous paths through the gravel. I excavated an ancient burial mound and found bright red bones. It took a little while to find a small patch of bright green grass to rest them on. A robin chased a blackbird.