Things to Do in Arran in the Rain by Steven Waling

Drink tea in the kitchen
………………………………then
……………………………………..drink tea in the kitchen

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Listen to the sea and rain
…………make wet music together
……………………read the Collected Ted Berrigan
…………“It’s only water

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Buy the Guardian………..watch the Olympics
………………………………medal table…..29 golds
………………………………team GB
……….sudden interest in sport

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Wrap up in waterproofs
…………stand on the jetty………wander lonely as a clod
…………absorbing the weather like Lakeland poets then

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Die young of consumption
……….spot a strip of light in the distance
…………………“it’s clearing soon
 ………so let’s go out
………………….make tea

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Meanwhile
 ………practice unfeasible Scots accents
………………….aye……och…..the noo………..Jings
………………….crivens………..oh mah boabs
………………………………………………………..(Cont’d pg 96
……….apologise to your Scots cousins
…………………for a childhood reading the Broons

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Visit the distillery
………………………get pissed on green tea
…………and rain sluicing down the skylights
…………discuss the merits of the 8 year old or 10
—————as opposed to the new 14

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Watch DVDs
………..Motorcycle Diaries……Merlin
………..Snow white and the Seven Dwarves
…………………make tea
………..because the TV signal’s kaput

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Wonder aloud about what to do on Arran in the rain

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Wander lonely as a cod
…………to the tearooms for cream tea

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Read the Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan
…………wonder if this would be the perfect time
…………to smoke dope
……………………if you smoked dope
………………………………which you don’t
……………………but if you did

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Anyway………….this is the Zen house
………..so meditate on compassion
………..while murdering cups of tea
…………………..light crosses the estuary
………..promising
……………………..tea

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