by Rhiannon Hall
the cold light bulb I selected as a writing prompt in a back room at the powerhouse museum reminded me of his broken mind filament out of place, a clichéd metaphor in a back room at the powerhouse museum it helped me sympathise with him on a day my filament was out of place, a clichéd metaphor when I was so tired and angry it helped me sympathise with him on a day a day when I was sick of packed lunches when I was so tired and angry and struggling to top up my opal card a day when I was sick of packed lunches Edvard Munch’s The Scream came to mind as I was struggling to top up my opal card the sky a current of light, the kind of energy that peaks Edvard Munch’s The Scream came to mind the quiet blackness of a broken man always follows the sky a current of light, the kind of energy that peaks takes him to the pokies, brings him home – shamed the quiet blackness of a broken man always follows I was reminded of his broken mind It takes him to the pokies, brings him home – shamed cold like the light bulb I selected as a writing prompt
I love to attend writing workshops or just get together with friends and find a space to write when I can. This poem began out of a writing workshop at the Powerhouse Museum (The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences) run by the wonderful and inspiring Kerri-Jane Burke. Kerri-Jane had brought with her several small items to use as writing prompts before we explored the museum, gathering further ideas, words, and scribblings. I picked up a small light bulb and from there the idea for this poem began. This poem began its life as a free verse poem, which is a form that I am most comfortable in. It then experimented its way into a prose poem and finally settled in its current form, that of the pantoum. I felt that the repeating lines captured the frustration and despair that the partner of someone who is struggling with mental illness can experience.
Rhiannon Hall has been sharing her love of poetry for the past seven years through a poetry club at the high school where she teaches. She has poems published in BlazeVOX20, Burrow, Cordite Poetry Review, and has published an essay in Axon: Creative Explorations. She is a Doctor of Creative Arts candidate at Western Sydney University.