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The Birth of a Novel

In the artificial light without a pen she writes
Recalling days of linen paper sheets and candlelight
As she dips her unseen quill into an overflowing mind
Extracting vivid memories of a precious bygone time

Then she paints these pastel scenes in words upon the neon screen
An old Victorian house beside a babbling stream
Where she finds her resting in a seasoned rocking chair
Glowing hazel eyes beneath a mound of silver hair

And there in early spring as lilacs bloom and songbirds sing
A child receives a gift an angel brings
As she listens long into the night
While her granny tells the many joys and sorrows of her life

That in loving memory for her now
This long since grown-up child writes…

The story of ‘The Mariner’s wife’.

Author:  Elaine George



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  1. Date: 9/17/2014 11:23:00 AM

    elaine, wonderful setting and great word usage... lpve how you put it all together with your shining pen.. huggs
  1. Date: 9/17/2014 9:37:00 AM

    A great poem with narrative imagery penned in poetic wording fine arts style appreciating archaic charms wow! Pls do review my latest poem too