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Daydreaming While Reading
joshcoops

Anybody who has ever read
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anything has done it, your mind
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meanders off while your eyes continue
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to scroll across and down the page.
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You’re grounded on floor level at first,
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following the main character down a white hall
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and your thoughts begin to loosen and float up,
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your mind, a plastic bag in a light breeze because
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you really need to remember
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to change over the laundry
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from washer to dryer
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before you go to bed
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tonight so you have
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fresh clothes for work tomorrow
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which is Friday and you’re going
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out to dinner with
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wait. Who just said that?
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Chief never talks. I’ve missed three pages?
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I actually turned the page
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while I was daydreaming. OK. Backup.
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It’s something everybody does, starting when
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you’re young, it’s why kids skip letters
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while reciting the alphabet, and why you can’t
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remember how Hansel and Gretel escaped.
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Odysseus made it home eventually, you know that much,
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but your thoughts seemed to travel farther
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than he did, even with your eyes zigzagging across
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the page and your finger slowly lifting its corner.
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There is an inner eye that must open
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when you read, so words can
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breathe in like fresh air
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and keep your mind from growing stale,
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which may be why you’re not sure what I mean
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when I say it’s like having a Q and R missing
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from your alphabet, but you don’t mind,
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it may not be too important, besides,
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there is only one stanza left
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until this poem is done,
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and I think the washing machine
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just buzzed.
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19 Feb 07

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how very true :)
 — Mongrol

im doing laundry right now!
 — unknown

Decided to read some of your poems since you commented on mine, and i like them. This one has a different feel than the others, but I enjoyed none-the-less.
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