(Detail from "American quilt" )
When I complete a composition there are often unused ideas left. Some of those I find actually pretty good but if I can’t see how to fit them into the piece then there’s not much choice but to discard them. For a while.
I rarely delete stuff, I archive. Once in a while I browse the archives and listen to such ideas in no particular order, and sometimes I get to see a way to combine some of them. Then I have the seed of a new composition.
“Leftoverturned” is a rehash of “Countless Questions,” “Informaëlstrom,” and ideas discarded from the “1000 Radios” writing sessions. The origin of the “leftover” part of the title should be obvious by now, and the “overturned” part refers to the countless questions which have been vanquished, and have now vanished.
I had set out to understand
Which thoughts were best to be untwirled
Which lines were fit to make the strand
Which words were apt to free the world
As I advanced onto the quest
No issue left me unconcerned
No question was left unaddressed
No single stone was left unturned
Just driven on by a feeling
Proverbial mental splinter
I never knew needed healing
Explored ahead ever faster
The hands of time were overruled
Future and past blended and burned
Nobody could have had me fooled
The learned became the unlearned
Until one day I encountered
Round a corner of my psyche
Childhood events that had triggered
An invisible injury
And there and then I understood
My quest had been for disclosure
Of the wound that I had withstood
That robbed me of my composure
To be continued...