Look, I’m going to be honest. I made a mess of this.
You shouldn’t try to explain the inexplicable.
I wrote a poem. Big deal.
People write poems all the time. They don’t try to explain them. They just present them. And that’s what I should have done.
But instead I went all mystical: probably the result of my religious upbringing and the time in the Pentecostal Church when I was speaking in tongues. Well, that’s what I thought I did. I probably spoke gibberish. Come to think of it, that’s what others around me sounded like.
The trouble is I don’t stay grounded long enough. I never have. You heard that story about the boy with his head in the clouds, well, that was me.
So I wrote this poem or someone did —- do we still subscribe to ‘the Muse’ theory? It was sort of compelling and confusing at the same time. Are you familiar with that feeling?
And okay, I put down stuff about jabbering seagulls overhead, and the guy with a metal detector who found something and went a bit gaga with it, like I did with the poem I found in my head, the one I carried around like a precious fluid till I got back to the car and wrote it in my notebook, without a drop being spilled.
That’s what I was trying to do all along. Get that last line in. Well, I did it. Sorry I messed up along the way