Inside a book…

the mind is free to wander,
explore unfamiliar places,
push boundaries of space
and time, suspend
disbelief and hide
between the covers,
meet new friends and lovers,
populate brave new worlds.
Pages and seasons turn
and so we learn
that when a book is closed
and night shadows teem,
the contents continue
to wander through our dreams.

Kim M. Russell, 17th May 2018

‘Girl Reading’ by Edward Emerson Simmons

My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Fireblossom Friday: Edward Emerson Simmons also linked to dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night

In a special Fireblossom Friday, Shay has told us a wonderful story about exploring her DNA and ancestry, resulting in discovering her connection to the painter Edward Emerson Simmons.

Our challenge is to choose one of his paintings as inspiration for a poem. And thank you, Shay, for the wonderful word ‘galoot’!


55 thoughts on “Inside a book…

  1. Books will save our lives–they have mine–in the act of giving us their own—opening an old favorite is like going into a friend’s house, a friend whose welcome is always there and always the same. I love your last few lines.

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  2. I read The Scarlet Pimpernel umpteen time. Before the intenet age and again bought it and read it an ebook in the internet age.

    Luv you poem

    Much l♥️ve


  3. This is gorgeously penned, Kim! 💜 I love the image; “push boundaries of space and time, suspend disbelief and hide between the covers.” 😊

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    1. Thank you, Xenia! I’ve just got up and have a while for reading and commenting on poems, then I’m off to one of the infant schools to listen to children read books! We’re visiting my daughter and baby Lucas tomorrow and realised that we’ll have to get up very early because of the ‘big wedding’ in Windsor – we’ll go the other way around the M25! Have a wonderful weekend, Xenia! 🙂 xxx

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  4. I like your thoughts, Kim, on “closing the book.” I never thought of as being alive, with the events and situations carrying on with it closed. I have used it some; closing the book ends things. Done.

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  5. a flowing dip then deep dive of words so well suited to the painting chosen, and how well that the story doesn’t end even when we’ve turned the last page! magical!

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