Escape to Make-Believe

facts are cold
with hard edges
they keep me awake at night
I crave the misty blur
of make-believe and fiction
when imagination
slips between the covers
I am in another world
place or time
and even though
they were written by another
the facts are all mine

Kim M. Russell, 8th November 2018

My response to Poets United Midweek Motif: Reading Fiction

Susan asks what happens when we read fiction: does it seem more a physical, intellectual, emotional or spiritual engagement? Or don’t we read it?  She tells us that some say fiction distracts us from a true path, but others believe with Ralph Waldo Emerson that “Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.”  Our challenge is to write a new poem with ‘reading fiction’ as topic and/or motif.

11 thoughts on “Escape to Make-Believe

  1. I love slipping into a well written book! And all kinds of worlds open up, especially if one reads across the genres … it’s always an adventure, and you never quite know that you might discover.

    Great ending to this poem – I think it speaks a profound truth –
    an amazing story, well written, may have been penned by another, but the “facts” do become one’s own!

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