Found this old piece I wrote during a music appreciation class in 2008. Without giving too much description of the sounds themselves, I wanted to describe a scene – or rather, an event which took place over a period of 7 weeks – attempting to summarize memories with quantifiable information.
Kinda strange re-reading old forgotten works – perhaps it’s b/c my memory isn’t that great – or perhaps I have changed in a way that makes it difficult to recognize my own thoughts on paper!
Well, whatever it is, it’s been fun digging through the old scribblings and finishing them! XD
60 pairs of boots scramble into place on the linoleum.
Echoes of angry voices bounce off of walls.
Second hand of a wall clock ticks heavily and slowly.
Angry voices chase 60 pairs of feet up metal trimmed steps.
Sirens sound every hour, fading in and fading away.
Small intercom blares Taps.
60 are nervously trembling.
Light switch clicks off.
Sheets and wool blankets rustle.
Hung canteens rattle painted steel frames.
Half of 60 plastic torches click on and off for several minutes.
Metal lockers and drawers creak and slam.
Bare feet tiptoe back to bed.
Writing utensils scribble feverishly, crinkling the loose paper on pillows.
One hour later it is quiet again.
The air conditioning kicks on, like silverware rattling in a box.
Another hour – early birds chirp sweetly.
Another hour – roaring sirens.
Another hour – Reveille plays on the ‘giant voice’.
Light clicks on.
60 are startled by heavy boots stomping up the metal trimmed stairs.
Muffled yelling through the door becomes louder and louder.
60 pairs of bare feet hit the cold linoleum floor.
60 toothbrushes scrape across teeth.
8 shower heads squeak while turned on; water splashing against cracked tiles.
11 toilets flush over and over again.
2 are pounding on the steel door,
Shouting at 60 to hurry up.
60 run to lockers – clothing rustles around hungry bodies.
Sound of old door hinge lets in the muffled angry voices, now clear and strong.
All else is inaudible for 15 minutes.
At least 5 are crying hysterically at any given moment.
The zip of hard laces through metal hooks follow.
60 pairs of boots tromp and trip downstairs, chased by the 2 angry voices.
Outside, small raindrops fall steadily on the metal and concrete roof.
60 march away on the asphalt, disappearing into the mist-lain fog.
The cycle repeats daily for 7 weeks, until the final Reveille…
60 warm coins drop into in front-left pockets.
All sixty of us sigh in unison.
(original: 1May2008; updated: 21Feb2012)