The Lotus Eaters came and beckoned the sailors far from home, to a land of golden rays and pleasant weather all year long. A place far from home. A place we used to know. One gets the sense of wanting this year to be better than the rest, time will tell if the year will blossom into a swell; new-year is like a cloud on the horizon full of weather that will either destroy the crops or make them prosper.
A land where all things always
seemed the same!
And round about the keel with faces
Dark faces pale against that rosy flame,
The mild-eyed melancholy
Lotus eaters came.
Okay, sorry for having two from Tennyson, but these poems must be dusted off and read again... I believe you will find them to be full of joyful moments. I downloaded these poems from the Gutenberg Project under the title Six Centuries of English Poetry with commentary by James Baldwin. A short story must have the five elements of storytelling in order to be considered. The elements are:
- A story has a beginning middle and an end.
- It has to have a sense of place.
- It has characters/actors.
- It has to have an internal or external conflict.
- The conflict has to be resolved.
Tennyson was excellent at telling stories through the structure of poetry.