on love

heard it all before?
torn up the script, binned the book?
good sense of humour?
you'll need it
when you find yourself back
scanning the shelves
being caught by a catchy title
reaching out instinctively
gently pulling at the spine
handling it with respect
liking the cover
savouring the smell of the fresh-printed page
engaged by the writing

choosing to invest some time
you take it home
dip in
discover this is something
that holds your attention
you become unable to put it down
find yourself
burning both ends of the candle
to find out
what happens next


CLP 05/12/2021

On Sweet Dreams

Feverish bedtimes

soothed by gentle reading

of favourite books


n.b. I heard today, not for the first time during this pandemic, of stories being read to unwell adults at bedtime. Such a simple act of love.


CLP 02/02/2021

On the Bedside Table

So many books rest

Read me next! No, it’s my turn!

This better be good


n.b. “For later” is now.


CLP 24/03/2020