From the Vault: Man of Verse or Volume

(This was written when I was considering turning Legends of Windemere into a poetry series.  Basically, telling the story through poems with each main character having their own style.  A poetic ‘Peter and the Wolf’ so to speak.)

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The great novel
Aspiration of my youth
My golden goal
For all these years
A want I never doubted
Until I woke at thirty

I have my plans
That I still hold very dear
Outlines and notes
Carefully constructed
Like children of my mind
That may never get to play

I stroke the bindings
Of my two ‘victories’
Both pushed to print
Which supporters call successes
Proud of my achievements
Yet I sense them lacking

The truth is harsh
I could not push
The way I needed to
My support faltered
Handing me chores
When I asked for more than words

Still there is the lacking
That both novels have at heart
I have been scared
To voice my thoughts
Going against my dream
A strange turn I did not see

I have a rhythm
That I keep raw
It comes out in the verse
And strangles in the prose
My poetry is a flow
That my prose can never match

So I wonder
If I have chosen poorly
That my true path
Was slightly to my right
Hidden by my pride
Upon writing a great novel

My characters have soared
Their adventures shined
Among my worlds of depth
Born anew
By a simple verse
Done with unsteady hands

So I stand
On an edge I fear
Because of time I wasted
To restart my mind
As a man of verse
And not a man of volume

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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13 Responses to From the Vault: Man of Verse or Volume

  1. Jack Flacco says:

    This really was a great read. I enjoyed the imagery and the flow. Loved it!

    Isn’t it great when ideas go from one theme to another? I know a friend of mine whose series started as poems, then short stories, then full books. He’s yet to publish any, but they all started with a germ of an idea that quickly caught on and took him on a ride of a lifetime!


    • I wrote this a few years back, but the idea definitely holds true. Something can start as one form and evolve into another before it’s truly done. There are also times where it takes multiple forms, each a unique telling of the same story. I hope your friend publishes his stories some day.


  2. Would definitely be interesting to read that way. 🙂


  3. Excellent my friend. I enjoyed this piece.


  4. Kirsten says:

    I really enjoyed the poem, but I’m glad that it evolved into books!


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