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A bookish holiday poem: 'The Worlds That Exist Between Pages'

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Dear Readers:

Every year for the past decade, I’ve written a poem to include in the cards that I send out to my family and friends. Like baking the annual holiday cheesecakes and eating my weight in cookies, it’s become tradition. This year, I found cards depicting a Christmas tree made of books (could there be anything more glorious?), which inspired me to attempt to capture the essence of what reading means to me.

Given that we stand united in our love of the written word, I thought I’d share that with you today …

The Worlds That Exist Between Pages

Written by: John Valeri (2013)

Fairytale lands and faraway places

Words come alive on all readers’ faces

Fiction becomes fact and character friend

A gift to be opened again and again

For comfort and joy, for minds made to travel

For thought and for knowledge as questions unravel

For clarity or purpose or whatever is sought

Come the gifts that are words to learn and be taught

To share the worlds that exist between pages

Is to give meaning to life in all of its stages

And insight into the hearts of the givers

Whose goodwill flows like the pulse of a river

So if you find a book underneath your tree

Please know I’ve gifted you a part of me …

A peaceful people and simpler times

Words that forsake humanity’s crimes

Or all the complexities that exist still today

Are thoughts to be pondered, so ponder away

For escapism, retreat, or a heart made to mend

For openness of mind that was created to bend

Or for imagination that exists solely inside

Comes the gift that only words can provide

To share the worlds that exist between pages

Is to understand life throughout all its ages

And the willful intentions on the part of the giver

Whose goodwill emerges like warmth after winter

So if you find a book underneath your tree

Please know I’ve gifted you a part of me

Wishing you the happiest of holidays, a peaceful New Year, and a bounty of books!

Most sincerely,

John (aka Hartford Books Examiner)


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