Created by Sarah Rayburn, the novelinee is a 9 line stanza derived from the Spencerian stanza but written in iambic pentameter or decasyllabic lines. If used as part of a sequence a variation of the closing line should be used as lead line for the next stanza. In the case of a closed novelinee the last stanza would end with a variation of the first line of the first stanza.

Stanza Rhyme Scheme: a. b. a. b. c. d. c..d. d.

Betrayal of Trust

From mists of Avalon she came in white 

supernova who split my heart in two 

and left untouched silence in endless night 

no skyward star to guide my passage through. 

While drinking wine I gave my love away 

for whispered promises given out of lust, 

believing hearts could breathe again today 

my dreams now lie amid unwanted dust, 

my heart shattered by betrayals of trust.

Sarah Rayburn

Novelinee Sequence

Sweet nightingale, unparalleled beauty, 

my worldly thoughts will drown in idle words, 

if I did not reflect the love I see, 

and deny love is nought but food for birds. 

I dream my arm is loosely round your waist, 

so I shall hear divinity in your song, 

and dream upon your eyes with loving haste, 

to sip from lips of wine where I belong 

and trust the sweetest breath will keep us strong.

With trust the sweetest breath to keep us strong, 

my jewel of love to whom I grant my heart, 

with words and smiles for days that seem so long, 

so fate has cast the miles to keep apart. 

In crystal vagaries we’re hand in hand, 

whilst waterfalls cascade a rhythmic beat, 

as when we kissed upon the golden sand, 

below the rugged crags in love’s retreat, 

our passion found in nature’s dancing feet. 

When passion’s found in nature’s dancing feet, 

above the greenest valleys, smile Black hills, 

with fragrant flowers dazzling eyes shall meet, 

where dragonflies commingle by the rills. 

Your heart in truth a loving paradise, 

where feelings flow and openly confess, 

in daring glances tempting looks of ice, 

for you, my love, are more than words express, 

I can’t resist your spell of loveliness. 

Sarah Rayburn

Motherland ~~~ Closed Novelinee

Across the bay where beauty waits for me,

beneath the sun-kissed mountain waterfalls,

enchanting eyes shall tame the wild and free,

my heart is bound by love as Cymru calls.

The cloudy blue of railway smoke dissolved

against the ageing roofing slates of old,

attractions mined before our time evolved,

and children chalked their words in letters bold,

when mountain streams still flowed with yellow gold.

The mountain streams that flowed with yellow gold,

and wrought the wedding bands of royal kings,

still whisper love and tales the bards oft told,

and magic echoes o’er the valleys and springs.

The land where dragons roam and wizards dwell,

where singing voices set our fathers free,

returning home my heart begins to swell,

rejoice my pride in Wales, her mystery,

across the bay her beauty stood by me. 

Sarah Rayburn

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My thanks to Sarah Rayburn at thepoetsgarret

My Example

Electric Earth (Novelinee)

This century, the twenty-first, will change

forever attitudes that humans share.

Relationships shall surely rearrange

for we’ll have energy at last, to spare.

Our batteries will be charged by the sun

and oilfield ownership won’t mean a hoot.

The politics of greed shall come undone.

We’ll find some other reason for dispute,

but gone will be our reason to pollute.

© Lawrencealot – February 25, 2015

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