My not so secret addiction

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”                                 – Malala Yousafzai

“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.”                        – Rene Descartes

“There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” – Will Rogers


My not so secret addiction

The reasons themselves

Do not matter

Somehow I never got

Around to reading

Vonnegut – yet

Today one of his books

A Man Without a Country

Appeared at my door

Via la poste


Scanning a few pages

A quote or two catches

My eye – arousing

Inherent curiosity

My inner cat alerted

The treat is in store

Lying in wait –

Ready to pounce


Such is the life

Of the reader

There are always books

Demanding to be read

Authors to discover

Stories to be told – alas

So many books and

Life – gone in a flash

Or a whimper


Heady with Sir Chaplin

Halfway through his life

The tower of coming attractions

Beckon seductively

  Cocooned in his story

Yet a restlessness – a whisper

Fear that the lights may darken

Before the next front-runner

Has exposed itself –

Reveal its secrets

Intoxication of the

Literary sensibility



Author: Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.

11 thoughts on “My not so secret addiction”

  1. Wonderful poem Lea! I’ve never read any Vonnegut but my son was heavily into it at one point a few years ago. Great quotes as always.

    What would we do without our books?! 😊 xxx.

    PS I’ve just been reading The Duck in the Truck to Solomon this morning! It’s never too early to start 😊 xxx

    1. For the mother’s among us who are addicted to books, we have been reading to our young since before they were born. Thank you for the lovely image of you reading to monsieur Solomon! 🙂 xxx
      PS, I shall let you know how it goes with Vonnegut but in the meantime it is back to the current obsession, Sir Charles Chaplin. It is such a lovely read and the 100+ photos are a big plus! xxx

      1. I’m afraid it is so good it jumped the queue here and I’m already looking forward to re-reading it. xxx

  2. oh i love books – a beautiful addiction isn’t it… and that third quote really made me laugh out loud… so good…

  3. Fantastic description…….A greed comes over me and I start four or five books and read them all intermittently, but steadily. It drives my husband crazy. He starts one book and perseveres to the end, even if he doesn’t particularly like the book.

    1. I’m more than half way through a good one now and I want to finish and I don’t! Yet there are towers of books waiting their turn to speak! 🙂 Merci beaucoup Eileen

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