Doc Martin, Downton Abbey, Patrick Jane—
These are some stories that extend our lives,
Lifting our consciousness to a new plane
That only fiction’s magic power contrives.
If not by cinema or stage, then books
Provide the means we need to see beyond
Our ordinary lives, giving us looks
At worlds contrived by art’s entrancing wand.
Yet still one needs a story of one’s own,
A life conceived with its own plot and themes,
More palpable than fiction’s twilight zone
And well designed to realize one’s dreams.
Though fiction can inspire, it can’t replace
A life that’s lived with fortitude and grace.