Writing

October Poetry Challenge: Day Twenty-Four

I Don’t Have Time to Read

Every day I hear it
Heartfelt (seemingly) laments
When people see me reading

Excuses drip from their tongues
Pinging like a leaky faucet
When I haven’t asked for them
When I haven’t commented at all
When I’ve merely read in silence

But here their voices intrude
on my solitude
Assuring me they don’t have time to read

They must be busier than me
Or at least more distracted

Their phones stick to their palms
As if adhered by super glue
Their eyes glaze over
Transfixed by television screens

I’m not judging them for not reading
They’ve chosen their priorities as I’ve chosen mine
I only wish

They’d quit defending their choices to me
When I don’t care
And just want to read one more chapter
in peace

I’d love to see the efforts of your poem in the comments below! I understand that these are first drafts and I hope you offer my humble words the same grace!
Remember, Keep Showing Up!

See you tomorrow for Day Twenty-Five!

6 thoughts on “October Poetry Challenge: Day Twenty-Four”

  1. Haha, I can relate! So true πŸ˜€ I loved these lines in particular : ”
    They’d quit defending their choices to me
    When I don’t care
    And just want to read one more chapter
    in peace”

    ❀

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    1. Hahah yes, it is such a pet peeve of mine! If I’m reading, I only want to be interrupted to be handed snacks/wine/tea or to ask “What are you reading” because I’m happy to pass along recs or discuss. But don’t interrupt me to complain about your own priority problems!

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