The Reader

Lady Reading

As a little girl
She was told that one day
When she was much older and retired
She would have time to read
All the time she wanted

But she reckoned
That even if she started young
And read all the time
And lived to be old
It wouldn’t be enough time

But she tried it anyway

And read as a girl on nights she felt scared
And read as a young woman to feel and to grow
She read as a mother to her young children
And continued to find both new and old books to read

She was never confined in reading
Never yelled at
Never told she wasn’t good enough
Never felt inadequate
Always just immersed

And now her children’s children are having children
And still she reads
As they all read
Somehow she passed on this solitary activity
To those she loves and who love her

Reading is not “easy”

But nothing in life that matters
Ever is

There Is A Place

One might not even notice her…

She does what she must do,
And is a loving, loyal friend;
She takes care of her family,
And toils without end

To keep all of them healthy,
And to bring joy to each day;
She strives to be creative, and
She often finds a way

There is a place, though, that she goes
When she needs to reboot:
One might not even notice her,
So hidden and so mute

But there, her laden mind takes rest
Inside each turning page;
A place she’s so engrossed that she
At last can
Disengage

Day Reading

One has to just try stuff sometimes.

                                                                  reading
she spent the whole day
                                                                  space;
living in a different
 
                                                                  uplifting
I’d say it was
                                                                  face
just to see, upon her
 
                                                                  concentration
the look of
                                                                  bliss
and the total, utter
 
                                                                  else
to see her travel somewhere
                                                                  this
away from all of