There is no refuge like a book
(to paraphrase Emily Dickinson)
or nowadays. like a Kindle
to isolate us in another world,
cut off from those around us;
in a world of adventure, history,
romance or poetry
or even a bloodthirsty mystery.
You are never alone with a book
A wait in a queue? No problem,
I’ll renew acquaintance
with Shakespeare’s sonnets on my Kindle,
or catch up with Richard Hannay.
Jane Eyre may entrance me
or Emma make me cross.
A portable library in my handbag
is nearly as good as the shelves back home.
You’re never bored with a good book.