My Novel Life

My Novel Life

A Poem by John Alexander McFadyen
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Where we are today is full of memories often long forgotten.

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My Novel Life

Swans in dog collars,

feathers turned black

from the oil spills

of too many sins,

herded me into my youth;

they had me making incense infused incantations.

But the sewer rats of Glasgow,

with their blades and skinhead cuts,

dancing to A Clockwork Orange

and slashing the faces of the Celtic faithful,

made me abandon belief.

I saw the insincerity of worship too.

So many who were Christian

but only on Sunday,

hollow souls of wax.

I learned disappointment, resentment and anger.

And that anger has stayed,

haunted my anxiety,

left me weak, as the blood of trust

and childhood, fairytale hope,

seeped from my veins.

Nineteen-eighty-four came and went

and I was never a Swallow or an Amazon.

More Crusoe, abandoned on an island

bereft of reason,

starved of meaning and searching for

any passing ship that would take me home,

away from the damned flies.

Those damned flies!

The unrest, the social collapse

of civilisation.

And so I yearned for Simon's serene open space

full of aromatic bushes and flowers,

until he died, a beast.

I longed to end Piggy's pain,

and I fell with him to the sand

where a long sleep awaited.

When I awoke on the gurney

the world was empty,

apart from the blind

and of course John Wyndham's

killer plants.

I tried so hard to climb the Matterhorn

to rise above the clouds

but the dark deceit of Maclean's  Ice Station

froze my heart.

Until I washed up on Chesil Beach

thinking love and romance were real.

But McEwan wouldn't let me believe

as he wrung out the dirty laundry.

So decades of sinking and sinking again,

and trying to squeeze the sponge dry

of transgressions have left their mark,

and now I still live in the shadow of the crow,

and Black Dogs make me fearful.

 

14/07/17


© 2017 John Alexander McFadyen



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What a literary journey- a coming of age chronicled in your epic "Novel Life" John! Killer imagery- "sewer rats of Glasgow, with their blades and skinhead cuts, dancing to A Clockwork Orange"...Harry Chapin did it for music. You did it for books...Bravo!

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John Alexander McFadyen

1 Week Ago

Thank you so very much Annette.


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We are the sum of what we have read - a bit of truth there and its always interesting to look at someone's bookcase. You've made a good and very witty job of mashing all these novel references together. Finding out what makes us tick is a trickier job and I can't even manage myself.
A good and original effort,
Regards,
Alan

Posted 18 Hours Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

18 Hours Ago

Ah Thanks Alan. All of these novels played a part in my thinking and psyche.
This a cascade of literary references, finely spun, full of surprises and excellent imagery ; I really like this,
so to paraphrase..reader..read it !

Posted 2 Days Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

2 Days Ago

Thank you so very much Leslie. Tis a true tale; more or less!
amazing writing...such beautiful piece

Posted 5 Days Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

5 Days Ago

Thank you so very much Apoorva.
you bring back so many fearful memories...the demise of what we were...
A Clockwork Orange...saw that when it came out and said, God if the world ever gets like this we are in trouble....well, i hear the fat lady singing.
singing in the rain...just singing in the rain.

j.

Posted 1 Week Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

1 Week Ago

Thank you for being in touch with this one Jacob.
What a literary journey- a coming of age chronicled in your epic "Novel Life" John! Killer imagery- "sewer rats of Glasgow, with their blades and skinhead cuts, dancing to A Clockwork Orange"...Harry Chapin did it for music. You did it for books...Bravo!

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

John Alexander McFadyen

1 Week Ago

Thank you so very much Annette.
some deep thoughts here john,i enjoyed the journey through your mind

Posted 1 Week Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

1 Week Ago

Many thanks Ron.
This truly is a fine, fine meld of your words and books that mark a great literary decade or two from the past past. I don't know if this a unique concept but it's high quality writing, John.

Posted 1 Week Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

1 Week Ago

Thank you so much for your kind review Emma.
I did like this poem.
"and now I still live in the shadow of the crow,
and Black Dogs make me fearful."
You led the reader on a epic journey with a logical ending. Thank you for sharing the amazing poetry my friend.
Coyote

Posted 1 Week Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

1 Week Ago

Many thanks Coyote.
Each gem in this exquisite piece throws up so many memories of my own life-hood. You penned a generation, timelessly here John.

Posted 1 Week Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

1 Week Ago

Thank you so much Tony. This is close to my bones. I have rewritten it a little since you read it an.. read more
Tony Jordan

1 Week Ago

I honestly was going to include a 'congrats' in the review for being able to keep it so concise. I k.. read more
John Alexander McFadyen

1 Week Ago

Failed again, doh!
Strange how life just passes by in our futile search for meaning, for miracles. Frustatingly uneventful. Loved the analogy of being stranded isolated on an island. Another powerful write John.

Posted 1 Week Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

1 Week Ago

Yes it took me back to my childhood and youth thinking about this one Divya. Many thank yous.

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