Post-weekend Poetry 045: The Novel by Linda Eve Diamond

Linda by Kate Gardiner Photography

Linda by Kate Gardiner Photography

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the forty-fifth poem in this series. This week’s piece welcomes back Linda Eve Diamond and perfect timing for those of us embarking on NaNoWriMo this Thursday. 🙂

The Novel

I want to write…

…but the pen is so far away…

Across miles of minutia,
snacks, a telephone,
the world outside,
a winding superhighway.

As I binge my time away,
I contemplate my novel—
my navel—

Why the neighbor
mows the lawn at dawn
… and then again at noon.

I imagine the finished novel
discovered one day in its entirety
inside my head and heart
by a coroner.

He’ll find blood rich with story
characters in my capillaries
irony woven through my veins,
plot twists on the matter of my brain.

He will fall in love
with the writer I never was.

He’ll say it was true of me
like so many others he’s seen—
She had a novel inside her.


I asked Linda what prompted this piece and she said…

I was asked in a radio interview when I’d be writing “the novel”. When I had another interview coming up on the same show, I thought about that question and wrote this poem. I then told him I had just completed “The Novel.” Was that cheating?  😉

I wouldn’t have said so. 🙂 I loved it. Thank you, Linda.

The Beauty of ListeningLinda Eve Diamond is the author of several books in the areas of business, education, self-help and poetry.

Her work (and play) earned two awards from the International Listening Association and a Coffee House Press Poetry Award.

Her poetry and essays have been published in journals, anthologies and online.

Her websites are:,,

This poem is included in “The Beauty of Listening”, available on and


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