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Bring Your Ideas Caleb Parkin

Bristol City Poet

Written by Caleb Parkin

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The City Poet's fourth commission, written to celebrate Bristol Ideas' new name.

bring your ideas, written and performed by caleb parkin

bring your ideas
and let’s stitch them into the city, weave them through streets chattering with trees
and we’ll sip your ideas, a little fizzy, a little bitter, served with lemon or a pinch of salt

bring your ideas and serve them up
in a meal for 91 tongues, of cardamom, jerk seasoning, garam masala and cumin
serve them in the chalk horizons of equations, the antimatter of cosmic failure

bring your ideas and keep bringing them
even when they laugh, when you have to switch continents for a healing Yes
even if your ideas drop from towers into dark pools, fizzing with threat

bring your ideas and spray them
on the wall of the tallest tower in the city, in a map of the body’s earth
we’ll learn our edges in a quiet prayer for wellness, a hymnbook for health

your ideas might make us lightheaded or ease our pain 
or can we drink them with marshmallows and whipped cream?
can we count them one hand, eat them from a fruit-bowl?
or will we watch them in shoals and burrows, in fights for survival?

let’s purple your ideas, infuse them with vitamin C
maybe they’ll smash in bright blue smithereens in the Gorge of Disappointment 
or become smash-hit tracks cut-up remixed and trip-hop glitched

bring your ideas and cast them
in bronze and pop them on a plinth and let’s animate them
or cast them differently, turn them to clay then let them dance

let your ideas stop the bus until injustice gets off
let them magic lantern Liberty from Fishponds to the Docks
let’s talk ideas across borders, over trenches
make them supersonic fledgelings

bring your ideas and let’s live in them
together – share a bright green common, but keep a backyard
because sure, that new idea might become a regret
or a neighbour you wish you hadn’t met
or maybe it’ll be that BFF you haven’t quite
nearly but – plucked up the courage to chat to – yet

Caleb Parkin, February 2021

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