Thursday Thoughts: Where I read
in the passenger seat of my mom's car
where sometimes I rev my mental engines
and race through page after page
hurtling through an imaginary world
as quickly as I am hurtling through a real one
and sometimes I just end up talking to my mom
my book in my lap, unopened
but keeping me company all the same.
splayed out on the couch
in comically uncomfortable postures
legs crossed, or leaning on one elbow
never quite sitting still
my sibling exclaiming while playing video games on the television
but the only thing that distracts me is my own mind
and even then, the best of books hold my attention
in the pitch-black darkness before bed
knees pulled up toward me
the night peaceful and not chilling
and even though I am going to stop reading,
I read a page more
and another page
until bedtime arrives
just "leaning late and reading there," as Stevens said.
the front flaps of books
at the bookstore
wondering why in the world
the young adult section
is practically a stage in the middle of the store
with a metaphorical spotlight glaring down on me
and yet I keep going back
braving the stares
that are a figment of my own imagination
and buying new worlds
to live in for a week or so.
through the eyes
of my father
who would read us poems he loved before bed
poems that meant something to him
but, we knew, didn't have to mean something to us
for him to keep reading
his voice the rhythm of ocean waves
or the eyes
of my sibling
who doesn't like the books I recommend
even though I keep recommending them anyway
and who reads them
because it means something to me
or even the eyes
of other book lovers,
who read differently than I do
with different stories
so many different ways of loving the same thing.
But perhaps most of all
I do not read
in any one place
wherever the story takes me.
I hope you enjoyed that poem, an original one by me and the very first poem I've ever shared on this blog! I'm not sure what compels me to use proper punctuation in prose writing and then to completely give up on commas in poetry, but here we are.
Where do you tend to get your reading done? Let me know in the comments below!
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