14.1 Snare Drum Rhythm
While I am sitting in my wheelchair,
The Invisible Puppeteer turns my feet into sticks, drums them alternately on my footplate,
like the slow snare drum rhythm of Ravel’s Bolero.
Sometimes, he turns my feet into mallets,
to beat heavily on the footplate.
Or even violently:
an avant-garde leg thrown up and
dropped off the footplate.
Sometimes, bending my knees,
he jerks the whole leg up
to nearly throw me forward
off the wheelchair.
The Invisible Puppeteer’s usual tricks .
14.2 Vertical Pendulum
In my shower commode I sit for a morning shower.
He bends my left leg forward and backward,
turning it into a vertical pendulum.
The big toe bob hits the tiled wall in front, repeatedly, uncontrollably.
Its nail becomes black and wrinkled,
At the edge of the soft latex mattress I sit
with legs down against the side.
Suddenly, he straightens my right leg up,
then drops it back,
to perform a sitting cancan dance.
It only stops with my intervention;
and then to start all over again.
The Invisible Puppeteer’s playful tricks .
14.3 Rope Suspension Bridge
Very slowly and gently,
but irritatingly persistently,
the whole day long:
he lifts the right buttock up and drops it;
then flaps the thigh up and down,
turning it into a rope bridge
suspended over a river:
trying to settle, slowly,
like an over-stretched rope
taking its time to unwind.
The Invisible Puppeteer’s new tricks .
Snare Drum and Sticks. Photo by Rivernavigator.
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Pendulum Animation Author: hubert.christiaen at telenet dot be.
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The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, a rope suspension bridge near Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern, Ireland. Photo by Shiraz Chakara.
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