We were studying 1st and 2nd person writing in my MA last week. I’ve tried 1st person before (I like it for short stories, not novels) but not 2nd. Second person uses the pronoun ‘you’ and addresses the reader directly. It worked well for poetic scribbles but I can’t imagine writing a story this way!
The Willow Door:
You made a sacred promise, to protect the willow door,
But though you did your best, you’re not welcome here any more.
You grab your bags and stuff them full, with full intent to leave,
But as you turn your back on home, your family start to grieve.
They’ll miss the honour bestowed upon, the one who guards the door,
The luxuries and perks for those who give up their life and more,
But no tears are shed for you my friend, not a single one,
For the price of failure runs fissure deep, after all you’ve done.
Forgotten the moment you failed, it’s as if you were never born,
Now you must set out alone, into the desert’s early morn.
You may last weeks if you’re lucky, most last a single day,
But you know you cannot return, after that disastrous day in May.
Thanks for Reading!
2nd person was a fun and interesting way to build a character and world. The result raises lots of questions though. What’s the Willow Door? Why does this society exile those who fail to defend it? Will the narrator survive the desert? Who knows!
Have you ever tried writing in 2nd person?
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