Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Poetry Thursday 140 - Story Hypnosis

I thought I'd begin by sharing this thought with you from F Scott Fitzgerald

Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you – like music to the musician or Marxism to the Communist – or else it is nothing, an empty, formalized bore around which pedants can endlessly drone their notes and explanations.

F Scott Fitzgerald

My meagre offering this week is on the subject of the nature of stories and storytelling. If you consider the nature of stories they are close to narcotics in their effects. You think me barmy? 


Stories are addictive

Stories are capable of inducing a different view of the  world

Stories can produce pictures that are unreal in the mind

Stories can make you feel better about life

Stories have an infinite range

Story hypnosis

Setting off on a story line
like boarding a train to a destination,
as an happy party having a riotous time,
wallowing in the mysterious words' intention.

Chapter after chapter twists and writhes
as the author leads you down his chosen track,
creative tendrils capture your thoughts,
pushing and pulling here and back.

You cede control to black and white pages
allow your mind to detach and drift away
to visit future times, long dead ages,
and exotic places while on the way.

Till the final chapter, the last page turned,
the sojourn completed, the story over.
Did it take you where to go you yearned?
Has your mind enjoyed the journey’s cover?
© David L Atkinson December 2014

God Bless