Festivals. What a hoot.
Sunshine, easy lazydays sitting on the grass listening to music and poetry and going to bed at dawn with the very slight feeling that you might have had too much festive beer, talking to strangers about the loveliness of life and the sweetflower smell of summer.
Mud. Thick liquid mud: the stuff that sucks the soles off your industrial strength boots (and it did) and has that slightly milky-dung whiff. Waterproof coat with a ganzy underneath (Lancashire for ‘jumper’ although they have them in Yorkshire too), woolly hat, black skies, dripping tent not long enough for t’other ‘alf’s feet, drunk blokes in frocks propositioning you with very easy to refuse offers of hot sex. Trench foot.
But it was a JOY nonetheless! My boy’s a natural stone stacker (apparently, according to the professional stone stacker), daughter found the henna tattoo parlour and came back semi-permanently covered and I’ve a new-found respect for slam poetry and dry shampoo.
Feels like I’ve had a 3 day intravenous energy drip.
It’s wet in here.
It’s coming in through the zip
and your knee’s in my back
and that hard bass thud won’t stop
and I can feel the start of a need for a pee
but I’m not going out in this
because I can’t get my wellies off without a pull from someone.
Don’t think about it.
She was good though wasn’t she
what’s her name again…
the one with the poems about women
about childbirth and the real purpose of breasts
(I can’t say ‘tits’ even in my head but she could)….
…remember that shelf of porn in the newsagent
labelled ‘Women’s Interest’….
and that girl with the guitar who made me dance,
the one with a voice like flying who took me away for a while
and let me swing through the trees.
God, please don’t snore.
We’re in a tent.
those deep breaths that go far back into your head.
If I tip the pillow forward a bit it might stop…
Remember that man wearing his mum’s fur coat
and skinny stick legs laced into boots
do you think it’s because of Grayson Perry because it wasn’t just him
there were lots of them
neatly pre-war coiffed
and remember the sandy haired chap
who’d trimmed his yellow beard to a point
and that girl with the green sequinned nipple tassels
in the queue for the loo.
She looked cold.
I’m glad we got the extra thick self inflating mattress