Before applying some ideas from yesterday, I decided
‘The Bubble’ needed to be examined for its observational strengths.
I took a different approach by trimming excess words and shaping them into stanzas.
Then I did a little bit of work on developing the bubble metaphor.
I added a new title ‘Morning Vignettes.’
I am also thinking about ‘bubbles’ of memory such as in the photograph above in this post.
Draft 2 # The Bubble
Lavender princess chats to her sister.
Mother, whose vigil is her third child
the baby in her pram, turns around to
makes sure they haven’t disappeared.
Her protective gaze surrounds them
a bubble of protection
that could be broken.
School boys with ruffled shirts
caps tilted sideways
soft drinks in hand, call…
Friendship is their shield
and their challenge.
Their bubble is boisterous and loud.
Girls, with pony tailed hair
this is the school rule
when it is past the shoulders,
are glued to mobile phones.
They glance down
achieve morning equilibrium
in walking side by side.
There’s no outward indication
they are friends.
A young man strolls alone
to himself something of importance,
in his own bubble.
Walk, mutter, walk, mutter.
Inside his bubble is safety and beauty
no matter how it seems from the outside.
Two school children
pat a dog under a tree.
Who is around to take him home?
The dog is in the bubble of their love.
He will have to break it when they go to class.
A group of friends gather around a Dad
or is it a granddad with a prammed child.
They are chatting, and as one leaves,
he calls a question,
‘Are you alright then?’
Later, he will be there on school pick up
to catch any tears.
students in a circle
play hand ball.
remember their school days and
how they wore their hats. ‘We had to wear our hats everywhere.
They protected us from the sun.’
Someone says, ‘Good morning,’
to everyone she passes, and smiles,
She pops all the bubbles
to connect and then floats on . . .
in her bubble.
By June Perkins
Next time I will work with the sonic qualities of the poem, its metre, and keep developing the metaphors.
I will think about which characters to keep in the poem and if I want to limit the narrative perspective or think about a character for the narrator.