Tuesday, March 6, 2018

"Reasons for Reading" by Mary Soon Lee

Reasons for Reading
Mary Soon Lee

Escape? Yes. And solace too.
When I was overwrought,
I flew on dragonback
above the islands of Earthsea,
rode with the Rohirrim,
walked the grounds of Pemberley
for the fifth or sixth time.

But more than refuge:
a craving, a restless hunger
drives me to the shelves,
seeking my next fix.
To be prisoned, pinioned.
That moment when the world
hinges on the next sentence.

Poet's Notes:  Ever since I can remember, I have loved to read. Books were part of the landscape of my childhood, and I would visit and re-visit my favorites, including those referenced in this poem.  When I'm caught up in a book, I resent all interruptions. When I'm too busy to read, I become cranky. It is puzzling to me that not everyone feels the same way. 

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