Your Reading Room


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I've always had a soft spot for the library. Good things have happened for me within those four walls.

Your Reading Room

Taking me to your reading room

Where you keep your story books

In the shadowed corner, fearful ones

With green-eyed frightening looks


Over on the sunny side

You keep such comedies

As is want for passtimes gently spent

Before a window’s open breeze


By the cold forbidding northern wall

You keep all life’s tragedies

And all the very worst them

Must be read while on your knees


But over to the warming south

Burns your hearth’s salvation fires

The safe repose for love poems

And your unfulfilled desires


Take me to your reading room

Let me linger there with you

I’ll let you turn each private page

For the honor of the view


Read, please read, for me all evening

Until I fall asleep

Let dreams of dragons you have seen,

Demand my eyes also weep


As I turn in your soft embrace

Let me hear your hopeful laugh

For of all that I could learn from you

I’ve scarcely touched the half


When the silent dawn light enters

Let me feel your warming skin

For I’m sensing nascent lyrics

Begin their new song from within


Wake me then, before your hearth fire

To a day of sun or cloud, and

Speak such sacred secret stirrings

That only whispers are allowed. 


And when confessions have their end

As we tarry by that fire

Let me read your body’s untold story

In telltale eloquent desire.


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Tempestlady commented on Your Reading Room


My husband likes that i read, he finds it opens my mind to new ideas and him too....I have always dreamed of having enough room to have a library for all of my books. This had a wonderful rhythm, and entrancing rhyme and a message that should be significant for all time. Lovely write. Write on.....



I so much appraciate your affirmations, Harv

Mareann commented on Your Reading Room


Finding those cherished moments to share with a significant other, for more than a quick fix seems to be dwindling with time and age. It's a different world we live in today. A quiet reading room to drift off into fantasy land seems mighty nice these days.



Thank you for stopping by my reading room for a bit. Harv

MindNumbing commented on Your Reading Room


As I read this, I could see myself snuggled up in a library recliner, delving into the limitless selections. This makes me want to leave work right now and do exactly that, Harv. Beautifully written!



Ah the fuzzy logic of poetry... I was hoping the reader would understand that the reading room was inside the mind. . . .but enjoy your next trip to the library, too. Harv



My psych prof in college used to say, "We have taken the fig leaf off the gentials, and placed it over the mind." By that he meant that casual sex was creating a barrior to true intimacy. I was writing to express that desire for intimacy must be prioritized over "the hook up." thanks again for reading and be well. Harv



Ya know, my brain always tends to process things literally upon 1st or even 2nd read... then after I've started to absorb things I see the different layers and potential meanings. I've read this a few more times after reading your comment and the depth is astonishing. Thanks for the clarification. Your psych prof was a genious ;)



OH THE IRONY of my mispelled 'genius'... haha!! sorry :)

icu2 commented on Your Reading Room


Beautiful! Just beautiful. Gives one a desire to wrap up in a cozy blanket and read the night away. Nice work.



Just pick your partner, it is for their benefit, too. Harv

carynontherhine commented on Your Reading Room


This write will be one of my favorites for long time to come. I absolutely love libraries. I could see myself as the girl in the poem and the ending just rocked my world for a moment. Let me read you body's untold story in telltale eloquent desire. I just loved it and thanks for this write. I think I shall fill out an application for librarian. I do believe I would make a good one. Hugz



For someone caught speechless (for awhile) ya dun good, girl. Brush up on your decimals. LOL Ya gotta keep Dewey happy. Harv

Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you or else it is nothing, an empty formalized bore around which pedants can endlessly drone their notes and explanations.

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