Time for Some Fiction


In January, I got lost.
Lost in a memoir about getting lost.
Wandering in prose thick
and as full of escort
as a solitary walk in uncharted woods.

And then I spent time with an old man
on paths along the Hudson,
adrift in his thoughts
about nature and the Universe
and an off-track god easily righted.

At night, by bedside beacon,
a poet cast painful memories
of forgotten times
as shadows on my ceiling.
Disoriented — I was only five then —
I had no compass for how to feel.

I think it’s time for some fiction.

WORDS ©2013, Jen Payne
IMAGE: New York Rooftops, My Windows in New York by Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, 1943. Mstislav Valerianovich Dobuzhinsky or Dobujinsky was a Russian-Lithuanian artist noted for his cityscapes conveying the explosive growth and decay of the early twentieth-century city.

10 Responses

  1. I am a constant non fiction reader, but sometimes need to take a fiction break. It is hard to find “good fiction” I think or maybe I am just too picky. If I see the words “terrible tragedy/ betrayal/ crime” or such I tend to slip it back on the shelf.

    1. The Hatbox Letters (Powning) and The Country of the Pointed Firs (Jewett) are 2 of my absolute favorite Fic books. Both have been read more than once. As far as Non Fic I am not sure I could even narrow down to 50 favorites!

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