Another Chapter

A tale of an impenitant bibliophile. If you love books as I do, you will understand. ❤

Girl Reading by Franz Eybl, 1850

Girl Reading by Franz Eybl, 1850

Another Chapter

Age eleven and it’s far too late to be up.
Reading by the light of a half-dead flashlight,
but the words stream by.
I will stop at the end of this chapter!
Waking brings bleary eyes and creased face
from sleeping on the book.
Unrepentant, sleepy day at school follows.

Age sixteen and it’s far too late to be up.
Reading by the bedside lamp, quickly switched off
at the sound of feet on the stairs.
I will stop at the end of this chapter!
Waking is difficult, but satisfied hands
cling to the book all the way to the bus stop.

Age twenty-three and it’s far too late to be up.
Reading in the rocking chair to the dim night light,
pretending to wait for the baby to wake.
I will stop at the end of this chapter!
Waking with baby’s cries moments later it seems.
Unremorseful as ever, I tell him what happened
in the story while he slept.

Age thirty-five, and three children, various ages,
are up reading and it’s far too late to be up.
The telltale sound of lamps switched off
at the sound of feet on the stairs. I smile.
“It’s too late to be up, boys. Go to sleep!”
They will stop at the end of the chapter, surely.
And I’ve a book waiting for me.

 

 

Reading Jester

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