Back in January my good friend Giuseppe asked me to help him with a college project for which he had to make a film poem. He had an idea of what he wanted the film to show and consequently gave me a little description of what he’d like me to write; this was essentially ‘teddy bears – protectors of the night’.
From this incredibly detailed and informative piece of illustration I was provided with from my Italian companion, we had less than 2 weeks to write and shoot the film.
I really enjoyed helping with the whole process and, whilst there are several things I wish I’d changed in the actual poem, it was new and interesting to write to a deadline and brief. As well as this, the comments Giuseppe received about the film itself were really lovely and it was an exciting experience to see my writing envisioned on screen and be read so beautifully by David.
So here we go:
A blanket of darkness falls
the stars take their place once more
and you, child, breathe sleep
ignorant to those unruly snakes
who circle the hull of your bed
Terrorising your warm safe dark
with shrieking demons
and snorting nightmares
But they cower and retreat
to their tight ocean floor corners
as your protector stands
Defender of your bedside fort
Unsung heroes of the night