Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Poetry Thursday 150 - Reading on World Book Day



It is interesting how people who would describe themselves as divergent, outside the box, blue sky thinking types, tend to have their own rails upon which their lives are run. They are quick to criticise but in fact should look to their own set of rails.

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Life on Rails

On rails there is direction,
a path laid out and safe to follow.
A track leading to termination,
a distance either deep or shallow

Several jolts along the way
almost enough to leave the track,
but the magnetic road won’t let you stray,
and the spinning wheels find their way back.

Great moments when the track is smooth,
and the joy of the journey unsurpassed.
It feels good to continue in the repetitive groove,
you feel hope that progress will long last.



The critics say they wish for change,
scornful of your regulated progression.
Yet they too have tracks with little range,
that carry them to their secret obsession.

So enjoy the rules that make your pattern,
take comfort in the predictability.
Follow the rails made at your instruction,
and continue to the inevitable terminus of vitality.
© David L Atkinson March 2015

On World Book Day we should take the opportunity to consider our own reading. I used to think it was hard to have more than one book on the go at once but currently I'm reading three.

For relaxation - Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

For interest - Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J K Rowling)

and for education - A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Here are some other thoughts on reading.

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Reading

Why read?
when you can get everything faster from TV,
when a computer has more options,
when it takes time to finish a book,
when you do it all alone,
when it is a pastime too quiet.

Why not read?
when you can apply imagination,
when you can live several lives,
when you have countless experiences,
when you never need to leave your chair,
when you’re surrounded by fascinating folk,
when time is no longer a barrier to travel.
© David L Atkinson March 2015


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Travel the world from a chair

A book holds a story that will never die,
it is there to entertain forever.
The story is your transport to times gone by,
or a rocket hurtling towards the future.

The people inside are fallible like you,
but with help may foil the danger,
or follow a path taken by few,
and perhaps find a babe in a manger!

You may travel the wide world from your chair,
or never leave this wonderful land.
Change your colour or perm your hair,
without the risk of wearing a new brand.

The skies the limit every time you try
the same story read a dozen times.
Let your imagination be free and fly,
in the words of stories and of rhymes.
© David L Atkinson March 2015


As it is World Book Day I have reduced the price of my books on 

smashwords.com  to $0.99 which works out at around £0.72 for 

one day only. Search under David L Atkinson and there is even a 20% sample.


God Bless