December Form Challenge 2013, Poetry
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Day One: An Epistle

Dear Novels Which Lie Incomplete.


Do not hate me if a cannibalize a chapter or two

to finish something else.

It’s not that you’re not good enough,

but those chapters are the best of you

and the rest would have been lost to edits anyway.


I have not forgotten you.

No matter how surprised I may act

when your manuscript turns up dusty

and freshly unearthed from the space

beneath spare beds

or cupboards where the hinges have rusted.

I always knew you were there.


I will eventually,

place one of you on a shelf

and say this was my first.

Then the rest of you can wait

for a time when my pen finds enough ink

to get you from notes and character sheets

to the publishers print.

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. jacksonzombie says

    This made me smile and think lovingly of all my yet unfinished masterpieces.

  2. autorediessere says

    I really adore this. My favorite line “for a time when my pen finds enough ink”. It’s a pleasure to read your writing — keep up the great work.

    – Autore

  3. Your poem really spoke out to me! Now I’m going to go give some of my unfinished manuscripts a looksie just because of this. :)

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