Contextual Essay: This poem is an exploration of the stress and low-level anxiety that mundane things like putting the bins out and trying to access a toilet can cause.
I like how the sounds described in the poem and the full-justification of the prose poem creates a tight atmosphere and that there is no escape from the tension of the persona’s stress until they reach the toilet. The toilet is the only space in a school where a teacher can be fairly confident that they won’t be found by a student or another staff member. It’s the only space where a moment of peace can be found.
Rhiannon Hall has been sharing her love of poetry for the past nine years through a poetry club at the high school where she teaches. She has poems published in BlazeVOX20, Burrow, Cordite Poetry Review, Meniscus, Please See Me, Saraswati: A literary and art Ezine, Tarot, and has published an essay in Axon: Creative Explorations. She is a Doctor of Creative Arts candidate at Western Sydney University.