The Jacket

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The Jacket

Lewis Sherlock

The Jacket is an exploration of humanity, in particular 'unity with nature' and 'inner harmony' but could adhere to themes of tradition and security. The main focus behind the jacket is ageing, with a focal point of looking back at lost love and the everyday logistics of living with somebody else. The Jacket was initially realised as a theatrical monologue perhaps scored with movement, but not being able to find an appropriate theatrical avenue at the time of writing, remained words on the page. The reference to sea defences were a direct image of the Kirkcaldy seafront where I spent 7 years living with a partner. The fact that by the end it is hinted that things are disappearing - 'The sea air' for example is a note to how despite humans destroying the planet, eventually nature will win like the weed that breaks through the tarmac road. The image of scratching at teeth is a reminder that our bones will eventually wear away too with time and that, like the earth, we should take the time to look after them.

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