Wednesday, December 04, 2013

True Reading Is First Reading

true reading is first reading;
lullaby gold
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.
evaluated.


can you remember chanticleer clear

the princess in the picture book
roseleafed in the rose that was her
home?


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
not required!
not core!


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