The Long Read #poetry #dVerse

Iโ€™m going out for a read today
a long read
it may be in the libraryย 
or by the lake
or maybe Iโ€™ll catch a train and take my book
all the way to the seaside
and read there
but it will be a long read
and when I come back
you will hardly recognise me:
My neurons will be pumped;
my imagination primed
to perfection;
the curves of the pages
can only hint at the pleasures
I have known
but I assure you
when I come back
at the end of this long read
my mind will have been opened
and my heart will be full.

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I am sharing this for dVerse Open Link Night Live, where we will be reading our poems. I have chosen to read and share this poem because the last few poems I have read have been very dark. I believe this one is lighter!

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  1. Reading does that for us. I have been craving a day (or long week) of reading, beyond my end-of-the-day reading routine. Losing myself in a good book or two sounds like heaven right now. Your poem makes me want that even more. Wonderful write! ๐Ÿ“šโ™ฅ

    1. Thank you, Michele: I don’t think I’ve done it since before I had kids! But it is my idea of a perfect holiday, just sitting all day on a beach with a good book ๐Ÿ˜Š

      1. It does sound like a dream day (or week). Ha! Having children is a blessing, but yes, it does take away from personal reading time.
        Enjoy your weekend. ๐Ÿ˜„

  2. A long read…heaven! I’ve been at the doctor trying to figure out if I have shingles or allergic reactions to something. Would have preferred the long read. Sorry I missed the live!

    1. Oh dear sorry to hear that! I hope it’s not shingles as that can be painful ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I hope you enjoy reading all the poems at least!

  3. Loved hearing you read tonight, Ingrid ๐Ÿ˜€ the poem has an amazing rhythm and flow ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

  4. Short or long, heavy or light, dark or perky…no matter; words on the page liberate. Thanks for sharing this one Ingrid. Very Cool.

  5. A wonderful poem and I’m fascinated with the image as well! A thoroughly entertaining visit here!

  6. So good. You know, I’ve been thinking about writing something about reading and Shabbat since we don’t use electricity on Shabbat so books are particularly important (without access to computer screens)… I might quote this poem or link to it ๐Ÿ™‚

    -David

  7. the pic drew me in immediately and your poem just kept on giving!

    I feel your yearning for the total escape … something a mother seldom gets unless there is a kind aunty to step up ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Apologies for reading and commenting late, but after the live OLN, I was so tired, and we had the electrician in yesterday to sort out the heating โ€“ there is still none in the study or dining room! And that is exactly what I did all day yesterday โ€“ had a very long read to keep out of the electricianโ€™s way. I was confined to the bedroom from 9 am to 4 pm, with only the cats for company, and my husband brought me up a cup of tea and a sandwich at 12! But I I can read in all the places in your poem, Ingrid, and I love to think it would make me different, with my neurons pumped and โ€˜imagination primed to perfectionโ€™.

    1. Thank you, Kim: no need to apologise! dVerse is always a little late for me so I often have to leave comments for the next day. I do hope you get your heating sorted out soon, and that you enjoyed your long read ๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. Well, I’m even later than Kim. Reading can definitely take you to new and different places. I hope you can find some time for–maybe a medium read soon. ๐Ÿ˜€ We went to the same B&B in Ocean City, NJ for many years when our girls were young. I always read a stack of books then. It was lovely.

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