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Reduced to stones

Written during a Write On masterclass at The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, this gorgeous extract is from a longer piece of point of view writing.

We visited the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities where Amelie saw this mosaic at the entranceway and wrote from the perspective of a young servant cleaning the floor.


Reduced to stones

The trodden-upon dog barks hoarsely from the cold stone tiles.

I scrub the entrance-dog gently with soapy water, it’s short brown fur motionless under the delicate brush of my hands.

Working slowly, I sense the underfoot dog’s grey heart beat.

It is engrossed in the chase, paws paused in flight, bloody teeth dripping with soapy Death.


Find out more about the mosaic here:

Image: Roman Floor Mosaic, Logie Collection, JLMC187.00 ©UC Teece Museum.

Thank you to Christchurch Heritage Festival and Creative Communities Christchurch for supporting our Heritage masterclasses, and to the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities for providing such wonderful inspiration.

(c) Write On and Amelie


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