Monday, August 29, 2011

"I Read" by Richard Peck

I read 
because one life isn't enough, 
and in the pages of a book 
I can be anybody.

I read 
because the words that build the story 
become mine, 
to build my life.

I read 
not for happy endings
but for new beginnings; 
I'm just beginning myself, 
and I wouldn't mind a map.

I read 
because I have friends who don't,
and young though they are,
they're beginning to run out of material.

I read 
because every journey begins at the library, 
and it's time for me to start packing.

I read 
because one of these days 
I'm going to get out of this town, 
and I'm going to go everywhere 
and meet everybody, 
and I want to be ready.

— Richard Peck

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