travelling through time and space

I once wrote a historical novel. It was never published but I loved doing the research and trying to create characters whose life experiences were very different from my own. They weren’t famous people, just ordinary men and women whose harsh lives were largely unchronicled in the history books.

The following poem was the perfect companion, encouraging me to persevere with my efforts to empathise with voiceless strangers. Coming across it again, at a time when tolerance and generosity of spirit suddenly seem in very short supply, I feel it has fresh relevance. When the dominant narrative is unfriendly, we may need a little help to climb out of our comfort zone and think for ourselves …

 

Through Nightmare

Never be disenchanted of
That place you sometimes dream yourself into,
Lying at large remove beyond all dream,
Or those you find there, though but seldom
In their company seated –

The untameable, the live, the gentle.
Have you not known them? Whom? They carry
Time looped so river-wise about their house
There’s no way in by history’s road
To name or number them.

In your sleepy eyes I read the journey
Of which disjointedly you tell; which stirs
My loving admiration, that you should travel
Through nightmare to a lost and moated land,
Who are timorous by nature.

Robert Graves

 

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8 thoughts on “travelling through time and space

  1. I think I will try being an online indie-author who gives away a lot of books in exchange for honest reviews on Goodreads and/or Amazon if the outside publishers won’t accept my works (although, I need to improve my grammar first :3)

    On 4 March 2017 at 07:21, a nomad in cyberspace wrote:

    > davekingsbury posted: “I once wrote a historical novel. It was never > published but I loved doing the research and trying to create characters > whose life experiences were very different from my own. They weren’t famous > people, just ordinary men and women whose harsh lives were l” >

  2. What time period was your novel set in? Late 1800’s? I’ve become very interested in the Victorian Era. I wouldn’t like to live there, but i’m endlessly fascinated by it! Please consider posting little snippets of your novel…?

  3. Actually it was based on the Nottingham Luddites (circa 1812-16), machine-breakers who smashed the stocking-frames they regarded as producing shoddy goods to undercut the proper article. I tried to write in the words of two of them, their accounts having been unearthed in a future where employment had become total exploitation … think I set the bar a bit high relative to my ability level but I learned plenty by trying it.

    As to posting bits of it, yeah, why not? Thanks very much for your interest.

  4. That’s a good interlude to my evening…thanks!
    The things we put time and energy are always there to draw on. I’m sure your novel seeps into many things you do. Anyway, learning is never in vain. (K)

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