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—
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.
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.
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