Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Tuesday Slice: Reader's response

I am a book-juggler; I very rarely read just one at a time.  Right now, I have a kidlit book, an adult novel, two personal growth books, and two professional books all in various stages of being read.  My Muse decided that today's Slice will be reader's responses in verse to three of the books.

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd 
If one is bereft of longings
     No hopes, no dreams
     No inner voice straining to be heard
Is one truly alive?

The Elephant's Girl by Celesta Rimington
What wisdom lies
   in an elephant's eyes?
Ghosts don't just say "Boo!"--
   they can be helpful, too.
Families are found in the heart.

Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty
Exposing my negativity
Excavating my fears
Exploring my intentions
This is bibliotherapy.

Now I am thinking this might be fun for our students, too...


  1. Ooooooh, what a lovely way to respond to your reading.....I think students would enjoy this form of response in verse.

  2. Chris, what a great idea, and yes to children responding in verse. I think it would be a win for all! I'm fascinated by The Elephant's Girl poem you wrote. It makes me want to read the book, which is a good reason to have others write these too. They could make great book talks. Your last poem is great too, with the awesome "ex" words--yes indeed, bibliotherapy.