Bookmark Page 64 by Don Matthews

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True story

I have a library book

Borrowed for to read

It does look rather interesting

An interest which need

To take me ‘way from poetry

And give my mind a rest

This book I think will do the trick

A nice and welcome guest

I’ve just got to page 64

Plot and people weave

My rhyming mind wants to unwind

But book says “please don’t leave”

I put this poem you’ve just read

Into page 64

A bookmark for my storyline

While I go rhyme some more

I’m up to ten new poem drafts

Stored in 64

Keeping this page bookmarked

Til I come back for more

The library calls to ask

Do I want to extend?

Yes, I want to read my book

I want to reach the end

I visited the coffee shop

Book under arm (well caught)

I will admit it felt quite large

Though safe from harm – I thought

The jolly book jumped from my arm

Shop poem-covered floor

I need to hold off poetry

And read past 64

(I did finish the book….eventually)


Don is an Australian writer who focuses on humour.  He runs the ‘Flippant, Comic, and Serious’ website.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Reading is a great way to pass time.

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  2. Terveen Gill says:

    Don and his writing address the compulsions of writerhood. Not being able to stop the words from coming. A popular advice to all writers is that reading is a prerequisite to good writing. But what if the mind can’t quiet down to absorb the words of another? Is there always a churning of thoughts, feelings, and imagination? I’m glad the book was finally read and that the poetry writing didn’t take a hit because of it. The freedom to express must always reign supreme.
    Congratulations Don!


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