I can remember diving into the book
and then everything went blank,
hours later because I’m a slow reader
the torch batteries failed,
the day was tramping through the curtains
and I got up for school.
Running along the banks of the canal
thinking it’d be fatal if I fell,
I dropped into the classroom
and imagined it a ballroom,
it turned into a battleground
round after round of tedium
then a medium sized lunch
and back again.
I have another book I took from the library,
it’s begging me to read it
which I will do
when I get some more batteries.
© 2019, John Smallshaw.