Leaving Books, Thieving Words (Tango Poem)

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a desire to devour writing burns
longing kindles like wild fire in my palm
and where is that smell that wafts off worn bound books?
struggling to leap off the screen, where have their words gone?

is it wise to take leaves out of books?
when she’s not looking, was it holding place?
bookmarks are hard to retrace without reading
please leave notes – they discourage thieving these plant blades

2018

Photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash

#OctPoWriMo – Day 17 – #Weekly Tanka Prompt #Poetry Challenge – Week 118 – Education & Wisdom

 

This is for the poetry prompt of Education & Wisdom from Elsie Hagley. This style is called Tango, a rhymed stanza poem following a count of 9-10-11-12. I was uneasy about trying a longer syllable count since my comfort zone has been limited to mostly Haiku (yes I do have to count on my fingers!).

Well I’m not sure my words count (haha) as wisdom, as I was really just being cheeky. However, in all fairness I do really enjoy a book far more when it isn’t some digital downloaded file that I have to open in a tablet. Maybe I just like bending covers and losing the odd leaf in a binding.

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