Visited the Writers’ Museum just off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh today. The museum is dedicated to Robbie Burns, Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson, and sits to one side of Makars’ Court, which is itself paved with stones that have been engraved with quotes by many Scottish writers and poets.
But the thing that caught my imagination in the museum was this pink stairwell, with its white painted step. There was a warning sign that read: Beware the 11th step onwards...
Apparently the steps are uneven by design, so that an intruder might stumble and betray their presence. For some reason this made me think about metrical regularity versus open form. And from there it was but a short stumble to the kinetic pleasure of walking outdoors on an uneven floor.
It seems to me that the two have more than a little in common.