It started well – the action’s pace
And characters behaved.
The dialogue was natural,
Each scene what reader craved.
The villain entered right on cue,
But there, the thickened plot
Unravelled all the ends at once,
Derailed your train of thought.
You turn the pages, heart in throat,
Each word spells tragedy;
The flyleaf didn’t caution you,
Predict your destiny.
The Witches charm, Deep Evil lurks,
The Wrong upsets the right;
The Bad Guys go from Worse to Foul,
And Dark absorbs all light.
Anxiety hits fevered pitch,
But each word you devour
Reveals more loathsome characters,
Or strips you of your power.
In anguish, trembling fingers clutch
The closure that’s been penned;
You must, you must, you must find out
What happens in the end.
But oh, dear reader, pause a while,
Breathe every phrase in peace;
You’re only in the middle part,
Where havoc is released.
Your anxious soul would skip this bit,
To save your heart from harm –
But if you skim this episode,
You’ll miss your story’s charm.
The overthrow of villainy,
The chains that break in time,
Heroic actions, victories
That kill each awful crime.
So slow it down and read each word,
Your story is not done;
This chapter is not you, my friend –
Your best is yet to come.