she reads the last few pages of the book,
a tale of high adventure ev’ry page,
vicarious indulgence, what it took;
done to distract her thinking from its rage
exciting tales of bravery and hope
where villains die and heroes conquer all
no need to weep and in the darkness grope
eat, drink, be merry, maskless for the ball
we’re dancing dead to mortis’ rigored squall.
image: “Death Dance Macabre” (artist unknown)
Laura is today’s host for dVerse’ Meet the Bar. Laura says:
Since today is the 9th of the 9th month it is fitting for that numeral to inform today’s poetry form – so let’s meet The Novelinee!
Your novelinee poem can be just one nine-line stanza (do not split it!)
you may choose to write several stanzas in this form (an open novelinee)
you might like the two stanza closed novelinee form, in which the beginning line of the first stanza is mirrored at the end of the second stanza, whilst the last line of the first stanza is reflected in the first line of the second stanza