Wednesday, December 04, 2013
True Reading Is First Reading
true reading is first reading;
you've lost more than you know
once on a Saturday with Aladdin
jewel like in the shining cave the soul wandered.
and now it's graded
grade to grade
suspected. even followed.
can you remember chanticleer clear
the princess in the picture book
roseleafed in the rose that was her
the true test of the knights on the glass mountain.
how you turned the page with no one making you?
no blackboard demonstration, QED.
no diagramming even in coloured chalks
what the heart already knows.
from birth: the Light flows, the baby laughs.
apple green reading. crunchy
in the attic, red delicious on
a snow day snowing words
fresh as evergreens, sweet peppermints
no book reports, just books galore.
the report of midsummer horns
in the Faeryland inside your head
and no critics to get in the way.
you and you alone opening
the antique casements
you could open on the seafoam green foam
where it's you that sees
with no interpreter
the ghost ships foundering there forever
on the reefs when you dream: only in coral.
then soldiers drilled in the counterpane hills
and were never wounded.
and you were not assessed
who owned the Palace where the books were stored,
ridiculous cried the Prince. Off with their heads.
they stormed no battlements then;
oh beyond meed and free as the air and Blessed
what higher Degree ah wanderer over opulent seas
could anyone else ever give you, anywhere
mary angela douglas 4 december 2013