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an abundance of books

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons


i am saddened

by the sight of copious words

on paper

bundled in elephantine joy

stacked on shelves of oblivion


all the books i will never read



and letters

inhabiting minuscule space

living infinite ghosts

haunt my human incapabilities


i wish

my brain bloomed into a hug

and kissed all the wonderful articulations

in sweet contemplation


but until a chip

in my head

makes me super-human


i will read

one word

at a time



do you sometimes wish for superhuman powers to absorb all the knowledge there is all at once?



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  1. I absolutely wish I could read more quickly, and still comprehend everything! Of course, my real problem is that I don’t set aside enough time for reading.

    1. Yes, same. I did find out that reading on the bus or a few minutes before bed goes a long way. We also read many blogs…so I think ahead of most!

      1. Yes, when I rode the bus/train everywhere I used to always be reading. A great way to pass the time!

  2. One word at a time … true. Every once in a while they agree to meet in a phrase which ignites an idea never before perceived. It’s almost better than …

    1. hah! Clever again!

  3. Em, I used to hope that total enlightenment would be achieved upon my ascent to heaven. Or at least that heaven would include an immense library full of books that would instantly impart all their contents upon a simple stroke of the spine. But since I gave up all supernatural belief, then yes, I do sometimes wish for the superhuman ability instantly to absorb and, more importantly, to retain all knowledge!

    1. Yes, retaining it! I am mortified that our memories are like sieves, but even more mortified to get a chip in my head and gain super powers of knowledge absorbing!

  4. If I get into heaven, I want an hours time to be spent in a library where I can absorb all the words without my attention span drifting once and the ability to enjoy it!

    1. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?!

  5. It would be a fine ability to have. I keep thinking that I would make wiser decisions if I knew more. Though, I also think that it’ll be somewhat of a lonely experience to absorb so much knowledge. It sets you apart as much as it sets you free. Such notions make me think of The Giver by Lois Lowry.

    1. Ahhh, good point, I haven’t thought of it that way, thanks for sharing!

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