a hidden wish to fly, to become invisible,
never to lie;
to turn to gold at a moment's notice and
then back again.
easy to read at sunrise; sets with the sun
in complementary colours; doesn't anger
anyone, is good company when it rains
or when it's going to snow for so many
days no one will ever be able to
find your house
and borrow a book again.
unless you have pets, is restful, too
with plenty of pictures;
sleeps while you eat your stew
and causes reveries but not sneezes.
has a cherry red tendency to
make you feel it's holidays at home
when you were little and all tucked in
with colourful covers all up to your chin
and reading a story till long past the time
and then giving in to the fairy tale chime
and knowing tomorrow new chapters would gleam
and this is the book that makes you dream...
mary angela douglas 9 april 2016