Whirlwind

by Brian Routh

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Based on a poem by Brian Routh

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I ran as swift as the wind through the freezing hail towards safety and sanity but the warmth of haven and host was rapidly fading as my being continued to melt and my body seemed insignificant.
'Hold up there sir! ' shouted an ugly looking vessel that sailed on by me.
I could not and would not stop.
The end was waiting and I eagerly and feverishly rushed blindly towards it.
'Hope man! ' screeched the steamship as it puffed and chugged to catch up with me.
I dared not turn around to see the face of pimples,
Grease stains, gouges debauchery and bad living.
I focused all my concentration on the whirlwind ahead
And stretched my body and being to greater and greater limits, hurtling myself faster and faster.
My feet left the ground and I began to sore higher and higher above the earth.
I flew through the air with grace and elegance.
I looked down with a birds eye view of the pulsating world below.
All was blissful and wondrous.
'Look ahead! Dive man, dive! ' yelled my pursuer,
He was also airborne and some distance below me.
I mocked this rude order from this over-weight rooster
And as I indulged myself in negative thoughts about him, I flew head on into the heart of the whirlwind.
I was picked out of my flight path and spun around in ever increasing circles and finally flung at jet speed
Deeper into the sombre purple tunnel of clouds
That was lit up here and there by flashes of lightning.
I don’t know for how long I traveled at this speed as I was in and out of consciousness throughout the experience.
I remember my clothes being sucked from my body by biting winds that blew at me from all sides and threw oceans of icy water at me with such velocity and force
That I was instantly drowning and completely frozen.
The sounds that filled my ears were deafening unearthly howls and screams.
Explosions shook my bones, ripped off the top of my head and engulfed me in flames that were repeatedly extinguished by the swirling waters.

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released April 2, 2011

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Brian Routh Leicester, UK

Since 1980 Brian Routh (Kipper Kids) has collaborated with and appeared with Karen Finley, Henry Rollins, Public Image, Genesis P. Orridge, Sex Pistols, Joanna Went, Eric Bogosian, Anne Bean, Bow Gamelan, Lol Coxhill, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Ian Hinchcliffe among others.
He has showed his digital movies at the Royal Academy and sound works at Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
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