Gloves and Parakeets by Jack Wheeler

Jack2908

Jack2908

Jack is a wannabe standup comedian who due to his inability to write a new joke during lockdown turned to writing poetry. Jack has lived in London all his life and is married with one daughter. He has performed standup in London, Brighton, Paris, Cannes, L...

No matter how far you walk you can never escape the voices inside your head. The trick is to find ways to quieten or distract them. A trick I had to learn in January 2021 when my anxiety and stress levels all but incapacitated me. I live in Greenwich, about fifteen minutes walk from Greenwich Park, home to the Royal Observatory, the equestrian events at the 2012 Olympics and also to one of London’s flocks of wild parakeets. The walk to the park was a way to distract the voices. I made it my mission to photograph the lost and abandoned gloves of London. Each day I took a different route and each day offered new finds. All gloves are disposable if you want them to be, there is a metaphor there for how we live, a clunking, obvious and potentially terrifying metaphor. This was one way to quieten the voices in my head. The other distraction is in the park, enter on Maze Hill, walk to the top of the park and at some point a chorus of screeches and a formation of neon green aliens will assail you. London’s wild parakeets, their origin an urban myth of escaped pets and dockland stowaways. Considered a pest and ripe for a cull. No! Sit in the park, close your eyes, let their cries envelop you and relax. No you can’t walk far enough to escape the voices inside your head, but sometimes just trying is enough.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Also check out

Post
Walking Away from Fear

1 Sep, 2023

Longlisted for the 2023 Write about Walking A/way competition.

Post
Clear Line of Sight

1 Sep, 2023

Longlisted for the 2023 Write about Walking A/way competition.

Post
Leaving and Arriving

1 Sep, 2023

Longlisted for the 2023 Write about Walking A/way competition.

Post
Foul Weather, Wild Fowl

1 Sep, 2023

Longlisted for the 2023 Write about Walking A/way competition.

Post
I can’t help it

1 Sep, 2023

Longlisted for the 2023 Write about Walking A/way competition.

Post
Walking A/way with the prizes…

24 Sep, 2023

At the Sound Walk Stories Sunday showcase event of new writing, at which the shortlisted poems and stories from our 2023 Walking A/way themed writing competition, were read by their inspiring authors, we learnt which of them walked away with the prizes.

Post
New
Stories of place from Regional New South Wales

5 Feb, 2024

Australian arts organisation, Orana Arts is partnering with walk · listen · create, to offer a prize in the new writing competition, Neighbourhood Narratives - stories around us. An invitation has been extended to creatives, living and working in Regional New South Wales (NSW), to write about Regional NSW—a region being any town, small city or area that falls beyond the major capital cities.

Post
Chiltern Walks No.13: Aston Rowant Reserve

1 Sep, 2023

Longlisted for the 2023 Write about Walking A/way competition.

Write About Walking and Listening
longlist
Dolce et decorum est pro patria mori by E. E. Rhodes

1 Sep, 2021

Write About Walking and Listening
longlist
Deep within the woods by Tesni Jones-Edwards

1 Sep, 2021

Write About Walking and Listening
longlist
Garth Hill by Nathan Munday

1 Sep, 2021

Write About Walking and Listening
longlist
The sound of footfall by Angela Findlay

1 Sep, 2021