Thursday, August 6, 2009

When you write you experience the same magic as when you read. At least I do.

I have no idea what I'm going to find on the next page until I write it and then I'm amazed how well it connects with what I wrote on previous pages.

A hero's journey or a rhyming poem all lead me to a world of wonder, whether I read it or write it.

I guess I've summed it up in this little poem that I wrote a while ago.

I sat in my chair

and opened my book

reading every adventure

my book’s hero took.

One thing that I learned

as I sat in my chair

is by reading a book

I can go anywhere.

Gayle C. Krause


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