Noticing by Jo Riggall

Be the first to favourite this.
Jriggall

Jriggall

I'm a perennial dabbler, whose current interests include spoon-carving, photography and plant identification. Civil Servant by day. Can't resist a public footpath sign.

WALKING + LISTENING

We’re ghosts aren’t we. Not really here. Caught between worlds that we distil in our minds, muffled by the headphones we wear. What’re you listening to? The morning news in clipped, serious voices, or a song, sound-tracking your morning commute?

Let’s talk about that commute. Imagine your life spread out on a map, GPS logging your movements to translate them into digital lines. Those lines connecting two points, back and forth back and forth into a culmination of linear travel over the years, with few deviations into the edge lands.

Maybe there’s another way. A different path that we could take. One which meanders and stumbles and takes you to secret clearings in the woods. Let your curiosity wander around the corner and lead you into the long grass.

There’s adventures to be had if only you listen out for its whispers on the wind. Not only with your ears. Listening is sensing the change in temperature on your skin before a summer storm. The trickle of saliva at the smell of 11pm chip shop grease. It’s overhearing someone the phone say they’re ‘sorry for your loss’, or asking ‘what’s for dinner. Spider webs catching the light. A still smoking cigarette. A fox’s scream.

Walking and listening is about noticing with your whole being. So allow your thoughts to race and run wild in the landscapes in your mind.

One thought on “Noticing by Jo Riggall

Leave a Reply

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

Also check out

Post
WRITE ABOUT WALKING & LISTENING – the long list is published!

1 Sep, 2021

20 authors who have been long listed in our inaugural writing competition.

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

1 Sep, 2021

Post
“Walking Home” writing competition winners announced

26 Sep, 2022

Write About Walking and Listening
longlist
Garth Hill by Nathan Munday

1 Sep, 2021

Post
Walking Home writing competition – pick your shortlist

1 Mar, 2022

Find out which of the 90 + submissions made it to the judges' Top 24 in our Walking Home writing competition - and pick your own shortlist

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

1 Sep, 2021

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

1 Sep, 2021

Post
Walking Home shortlist published in an illustrated chapbook

11 Mar, 2022

Announcing the publication of WALKING (2022) (see feature image) ISBN 978-1-912960-95-8, the illustrated anthology of poetry and prose that includes the shortlisted pieces in the "Walking Home" writing competition. €4.99+p&p

Post
berjalan

1 Mar, 2022

Post
Encounter by Moonlight

1 Mar, 2022

Post
From

1 Mar, 2022

Post
Foxy

1 Mar, 2022