An Ode to Books

Stores filled to the brim with crowded shelves,
with each text containing a new idea.
I saunter in to find my fresh distraction,
the inviting bell ringing as I pass.
On this warm day I choose my next victim,
a secret world opening each second.
As the register sings with my next purchase,
I can barely contain my excitement!

Making it home to read in the quiet,
joined only by my dog at my feet.
Bound to the book with the chains of wonder,
and compelled by the imagination.

With beautiful landscapes and far off realms,
blossoming love, action packed adventures.
Each a different place to journey to,
escape reality, slip into fantasy.

-- Emma H., 9th-12th Grade