The following is an excerpt from my YA Magical Realism novel, THE INEVITABLE, which features three narrators, including one in verse. The story is about a girl cursed to die young three times, a boy cursed with foreknowledge of and the inability to prevent her deaths, and the Three Sisters of Fate whose very existence depends on their lives and deaths going to plan….
Once Upon A Time…
Electricity buzzed through Three great parks:
Crowded side-by-side on Coney Island, they were jealous sisters,
competing for attention, always trying to outdo one another.
Each of them was grand in her own way:
Luna had coasters, and sugary pops of cheerful color.
Luna had stars and a moon.
Steeplechase had a pier for dancing on top and kissing below.
Steeplechase had horses for racing and fortunes for the taking.
But Dreamland was white and black.
Dreamland was made of angels and demons.
Dreamland was lovely and dangerous and doomed.
It was in this place,
in the year 1910,
that a Boy made of color
a Girl made of night…
Lindsay Bandy is the ARA and blogmaster for EPA SCBWI, and has two poems slated for publication in Highlights Hello. She lives in Southern Lancaster County with her husband, two daughters, and cat, so when she’s not writing or SCBWI-ing, she’s momming.