Novel Feeling – Novel exercise. NaPoWriMo 18.4.2018

Take a poem, preferably one not known to you. Cover all but the last line. Write out that line and then write a line to correspond or in response. Then take the penultimate line and do the same and so on back to the first line of the poem. First the poem I got from this exercise, followed by the poem which inspired it.

 

Novel Feeling

 

But nothing is as it seems

Is much more difficult than dreams.

Weaving into a wider awakening

To where and what and how

For now this was their chosen byway – for now

Cliff drops; let’s go for the southern cliff.

Changed road signs! Which way to go?

And you: I hand the wheel over to you.

As if you need a licence in an unreal world.

Or reliving life at such a pace.

Slow, works ahead sign.

Spacious the car’s trunck spilling with flowers.

Too late to ask how we got here.

It was that novel feeling; another wrong turn.

Benita Kape (c) 18.4.2018

 

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The following poem (black lines) and written from the bottom of the poem back to the top line is by Bolton Street Cemetery 1 by David Beach from his book Abandoned Novel. The reason I named my poem “Novel Feeling”.

 

Seemed cinematic, indeed heavenly

But nothing is as it seems

Itself along with a vividness, which

Is much more difficult than dreams 

Oblivious to its fate the traffic chased

Weaving into a wider awakening.

They were really going. Spectacularly

To where and what and how

Destinations. Of course this was the place.

For now this was their chosen byway – for now

Shades and shade, watching the rush to vital

Cliffdrops; let’s go for the southern cliff.

Disapprove of death. I stood amidst the

Changed road signs! Which way to go?

Of motorists almost as much as I

And you; I hand the wheel over to you.

Nor a motorist, in fact disapprove

As if you need a licence in an unreal world.

Grand Prix. I felt out of place, neither dead

Or reliving life at such a pace.

Light the motorway was putting on its

Slow down, works ahead sign.

As mushrooms under the trees. Back in the

Spacious the car’s trunk spilling with flowers.

Instant gloom the tombstones looking recent.

Too late to ask how we got here.

Above the bridge there was a path in and

It was that novel feeling; another wrong turn.

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Novel Feeling – Novel exercise. NaPoWriMo 18.4.2018

  1. Great ink and Thankyou to you i borrowed your write up of the prompt as it wouldnt let me copy it off the site as usual. Plus your explanation was easier to follow with being dyslexic xx

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