Bob Dylan at 70 – time and tide

Penblwydd hapus iawn iawn Dylan;

‘Some are mathematicians,  Some are carpenter’s wives,  I don’t know where they’ve been,  Or what they’ve done with their lives.’  Tangled up in blue.

These Dylan lines and Three Cliffs Bay, Gower inspired the 10 min short film, I wrote last weekend.

My old mathematician friends,  the Mull Historical Society and an Atrium theatre piece inspired this monologue poem celebrating time and our inspirations. Diolch yn fawr.

Time and Tide: an adaptation

The Zimmerman’s begat Robert.

Robert grabbed the words.

Guthrie’s words. Blake’s words. The people’s words.

He turned words to swords.

The times they are a changing.

Time is not on our side.

Tangled the words

To scream and screech across the world.

Time moved on

People sang

People rioted

People scrawled words on walls

People shouted,

People chanted.

People raved and

People ranted.

Celtic Chorus

We will laugh

We will laugh to the end of time.

To the end of tides.

Time and tides wait for no one.

Gran and Granddad begat the parent.

The parent begat Colin

Colin read Angus

Angus begat the poem.

Colin took the line.

He adapted the line

He churned it out into

The Mull Historical Society.

Celtic Chorus

We will laugh

We will laugh to the end of time.

To the end of tide.

Time and tide wait for no one.

The Book begat the Gathering

The Gathering begat more words

And so the journey

Over the undulating plane

Of the first universe continued.

The scientists played with strings

More universes were formed,

Moved shifted and collided.

One world, three cliffs, five platonic solids.

Some things change

Some themes stay the same

The journey continues

Time and the sands of tide

Drip and splutter through the vacuum.

The seas rise and envelop the earth.

They have before and they will again.

Celtic Chorus

We will laugh

We will laugh to the end of time.

To the end of tides.

Time and tides wait

Time and tides

Time

Time

Time.

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