Wednesday, October 14, 2015

DMC: "Do Books Love Me?" by Jessica Bigi

Do Books Love Me?

I could hardly wait
in the summer for the bookmobile
to stop on my street.
I loved listening to stories being told.
Then once, on Christmas, I
got some books. I wasn’t sure why
all the words looped around my breath.
Jumbles of traffic jams
flipping forward and backward
as if diving into oceans of alphabet soup.
Letters jumping rope all over the pages.
At times I couldn’t even
write the words without them tangling
like balls of yarn.
One sentence, an hour-long highway
of loops and zagging words.
OH, the stories I could write and tell,
but I had wondered if books love me.
Until, at thirty-three, I read some poems.
At first they seemed to laugh out nonsense letters
till my breath sounded them out into perfect rhymes.
Rhyme skipped rope into stories
and without a doubt, I finally knew,
books love me too.

© 2015 Jessica Bigi. All rights reserved.

Marcus Ewert has challenged us to write love poems this month– about relationships that seem unrequited, but which end up being requited after all. Click HERE for more details.

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  1. "Rhyme skipped rope into stories" what a wonderful line, Jessica! I'm happy you've found that books love you, too!

    1. Thank you it is true is you start with the simplest rhymes I first started reading Robert Frost poems then one of my roll models as a writer Patricia pllacco and found real strength and the wonder of great story telling and writing in reading African stories learning to strengthen my gift of poetry from reading Larua and Joyce's poems but it all started with simple rhyme's Jumping rope into wonder stories and my great love of reading witch love sharing book with other because the are such a beautiful gift to me

  2. The "Jumbles of traffic jams" section feels active and breathless, conveying the narrator's experience vividly. Nicely done, Jessica!

  3. So many creative images here, Jessica. I love that ending when "At first they seemed to laugh out nonsense letters/till my breath sounded them out into perfect rhymes."

  4. Nicely done, Jessica! I agree with the other comments here–you have a wonderful way with finding fresh imagery. One of my favorites is "diving into oceans of alphabet soup."

    1. Thank you Michelle and every one else for your encouraging feedback I feel honored Thank you

  5. I like "Letters jumping rope all over the pages." Very nice poem. Thanks for sharing it here.

  6. Beautifully breathless poem, I loved the continuous flow and tangle of words tumbling out! Thanks!