Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Novel

                                                            View from Ischia, Italy by S. McPherson
Picture Credit: Courtesy of S. McPherson
Lazing and lounging on the cushion chair
Leafing through the novel reading intently
The world out there appeared warm and bare
Most are glued to the idiot box serving
a live performance of the on-going London fare
The Olympics had progressed well now tapering

Clifford had refused to be wheeled around
He would do it himself. He had a nagging suspicion
The grounds of the estate were extensive
The gamekeeper was all too aware

He put down the novel. He had read the review
Of steamy scenes of the unexpurgated version
He was half-hearted in wanting to view
what was then on the air. It brought shivers
Diving scenes of ‘a reverse one and the half somersault’
Of pikes ,tuck, twists, were all too familiar
He remembered  the dull thud and the searing pain
Of hitting the platform  and passing out and of nearly drowning
Diving accidents were rare that he was told
but it happened. He reflected on what it could have been
A paraplegic just as Clifford? He was thankful fate
was kind to him. He looked at the book cover again
‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ he’ll continue reading later

Written for Stu's Poetics The Beautiful Sadness at d'Verse reflecting on works with D.H.Lawrence in mind. Shared with Poets United's Poetry Pantry#110


  1. sad and beautiful... i like the way you bring together the olympics and Lawrence's novel whilst contemplating what could have happened... the fragility of life and beauty

  2. Very fine interweaving of and place and TV and fiction and the personal experience of the narrator.
    "The world out there appeared warm and bare"--but appearance can deceive or change in an unguarded instant. I love how you wrote the details of the dive moving from Olympic London to memory and back to the novel.

  3. a vey interesting blend Hank...makes me curious to hear more about the story..sometimes life and novel can kinda blend together when we find parts of ourselves in it..isn't it..? happened to me lately while reading hunger games... partly it was like looking in a mirror and gave me a hard time every once and a while..

  4. ugh, you remember that one diver who hit the board...cant remember his it is hard for him to watch...nice way to blend in several really nice elements hank...

  5. I don't recollect that diver who hit the board. But how awful. I think sometimes we forget about what CAN happen & occasionally does when we watch these events. Your poem is a good mix of fiction with fact....and sad!

  6. Those accidents can be deadly ~

    Like how you weave the Olympics coverage with the book that you enjoy ~

  7. Awww... I cringed at those diving board mistakes. They covered it a little bit and the wounds from them have been horrific. This is very poignant. Lady Chatterley's lover. My goodness I read that book donkeys years ago.
    Very vivid imagery and full of sad, bitter sweet memories.
    Great writing Hank!

  8. Great contemplative voice in this one. Very nice write.

  9. I often wonder about the injuries as well... many of these sports are so dangerous! You captured a slice of my life... reading, tv on, answering kids questions, barking dogs, pondering dinner, jotting down poetic lines, laundry... ha ha

  10. I too like the mix and interplay between the reader, the novel and the day's current events. Nicely done.

  11. Well done, Hank. I love Lady Chatterly's Lover, first of all, and you brought that in very cleverly, with Clifford, etc. and poignant contrast with the diving. Like a little novel in itself. k.

  12. Fascinating take on the prompt- and enjoyed how to took the modern day and contrasted it with the history and sentiment of D H Lawrence....some very nicely crafted lines and I always like to think of the tv as the 'idiot box'

  13. Very nice mix of the two, bringing forth a novel worthy of any to view. The olympics I still ignore, but not at your shore.

  14. This is so perfect for the prompt, Hank. The elements of loss and love and the impossible are all nicely woven in--and the DH Lawrence. Liked it very much.

  15. This dips in and out of truth and fiction, subtly blended.
    The near accidents were very evident in watching that diving last night. Frighteningly near misses.

  16. Oh, wow, Hank. There was such an unexpected twist in there...the accident. I actually said "Oh geez" out loud. So well done, with some great internal rhyme.

  17. An interesting poem of reflection-like overhearing someone's train of thought. I like it!

  18. He remembered the dull thud and the searing pain
    Of hitting the platform and passing out and of nearly drowning
    Diving accidents were rare that he was told...

    chills Hank! bittersweet indeed.

  19. Very nice to read this poem Hank. It's so much different from what I know about you e.g. haiku writing. Loved reading it.

  20. My stomach drops every time I watch a high dive, always afraid of a misstep. So many have already said so, but you've done a nice job of weaving those words together.

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  22. Love the current events and the literary mentions. Wonderful!