Genre Jumper (Sestina Style)

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He departs upon the road
With pen clutched within his hand
Never knowing his return
Because his quest is a dream
To be seen by the world
Once he makes it real

So many genres in the world
Each a fork along the road
Beckoning to his dream
Promising to be more real
And his work will return
As money in the hand

He realizes he can return
Each path he shall make real
Randomly pointing with his hand
Confidently striding down the road
Following his endless dream
To a kaleidoscopic world

Fantasy is was starts the dream
While drama makes reality return
Western and romance are real
Science fiction is truly another world
And horror shakes his hand
Each one propelling him down the road

An aching in his hand
Signing a completion to his world
Yet he sits in the dusty road
Hesitant to return
And remember what is real
Because some might hate his web-like dream

A voice asks him what is real
Why be confined to a single dream?
Authors can play in every world
Their truth is in their ink-stained hand
Nodding he stands up from the road
And walks back for a victorious return

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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28 Responses to Genre Jumper (Sestina Style)

  1. Jade Reyner says:

    I don’t know the style but it was very cleverly worded poem. Enjoyed it. 🙂


  2. L. Marie says:

    I just read your explanation of the poem in your comment to Jade. Oh man. That’s awesome. There’s no way I would ever write something like that, so my hat is off to you. Um, are you thinking about going the science fiction route in another series?


  3. Kirsten says:

    You just took the reader on quite an adventure with that one, Charles. It was great. I liked the poetry form you used to – it added to the ambiance!


  4. tjtherien says:

    enjoyed this very much Charles and lovely attempt at a very difficult form… I still haven’t mustered the courage to attempt this form a second time


  5. Ahhhh…the life of a writer! Well done and I love the style, clearly a difficult one to master.


  6. Love the positivity of this! 🙂 🙂


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