A Poetic Experiment
This is very experimental for me. I constructed this poem to be read vertically and horizontally!! Sorry about the formatting it has been a nightmare so you may need a magnifier.
The purpose of the poem is to compare two existences being lived within one person on a daily basis and as such is an illustration of how we compartmentalise our lives quite often between home, work and hobbies. The subject of the poem as an indication of where I am at the moment.
One of the benefits I have discovered from writing poetry is the improvement in quality of my most recent novel 'A Changed Reality'. So much so that my editor stated that he wanted to read the story rather than edit it. I believe that the narration of the characters emotions is better developed and would advise all writers who have not taken this route to have a go.
I appreciate that the tone of my poetic writing has been quite dour at times, positively miserable you might say, but I have also begun looking back at different times, including childhood and love, and will publish more fun stuff on here in the coming weeks.
If you have any comments please feel free!
Mornings and early afternoon Afternoon until evening
Cleaning, shopping reading writing Driving to and from the damned place
Looking after my situation Preparing for the encounter
Own thoughts and feelings Support, kindness, patience fortitude
Ambitions, at my age? Yes! What will I find?
Frustrations even disappointment Met with confusion and dozing
What will the future hold for me The future holds very little now or?
Bright and blue as the sky Darkening and threatening firmament
Nervous, solitary gazing into the void Nervous, denying different void?
Need to handle my own life Losing the handle on life
Making arrangements – beginning But wait – an improvement?
Accused of denying death Lucid accusation from a confused mind
Guilty feelings of negligence Somnambulence returns
The next place visited and decided No interest in moving from this spot
Take stock for a day or two More daily ablutions by third parties
It all starts again but lower The next crisis could be the last
Astounded by further lucidity Dismissively sleepy
Astonished with the humour Actively interacting with the help
Puzzled once again Up one minute down the next
When will I get my life Terrifying grin of determination
©David L Atkinson September 2012