Favorite Book (Poem) (With Elephants)

At The End of National Poetry Month

Favorite Book

The page was a palm
on heart’s forehead, a familiar bed,
sheet rumpled to my shape, spine
drawing a line
against the banged slam
of demand, flared inhalation
of expectation, the vacuum cleaner
that sucked up every crumb. The words,
like an animal that mothers the misplaced young,
kept me as their own.


Here’s a short poem written for a With Real Toads prompt by the stiletto-sharp Mama Zen about a safe place. The challenge required a poem, I think, of 53 words or less. (This qualifies without the title.) And guess what–with the title, it’s 55 – so I’d ask you to also tell the G-Man.

(I’m not sure that the pic really goes with the poem, but I like the pic.  Here’s another one – also not quite right for the poem but also one I kind of like.  As always, all rights reserved.)


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31 Comments on “Favorite Book (Poem) (With Elephants)”

  1. hedgewitch Says:

    What a lovely, graceful and in-drawing first line, k. And that sucking sound of expectation that vacuums the soul hollow…a favorite book is a friend that is always there–comfort and understanding–yes, can definitely relate to this one. (And your drawings make me wish I had a trunk to hold my Kindle, so the hand-joints could rest. Who would’ve thought when young that reading a book could ever make something hurt. ;_) )

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      I’m so sorry about your joints! I do find the Kindle is so nice for my eyes at least. Thanks. k.

      • hedgewitch Says:

        Yes, it has spoiled me for real books, which thoughtlessly don’t let you enlarge the print. The joints do respond to Aleve, but long reading sessions in bed just seem like they ought to be completely pain free–however, after 60, nothing is, so no biggie. ;_) Have a great weekend, k. And I like the girly elephant.

      • ManicDdaily Says:

        That’s terrible. I have simplest kindle–very rudimentary – so fairly light. I’m pretty lucky in terms of joints, I think, and also not over 60. Much to look forward to, I guess. k.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      PS – that second elephant is awfully girly! It’s an old drawing though, and I like it despite the frippery. k.

  2. claudia Says:

    there are books that are just like that…i found hold in books during childhood years.. esp. enid blyton books were like a safe harbour…love that first elephant pic so much

  3. brian miller Says:

    The words,
    like an animal that mothers the misplaced young…ha…love that line k…and books have always been my refuge, my safe place…ha and i have fallen asleep in the same position as that pic…smiles.

  4. Megha Patel Says:

    Really love it! Like the imagery too. Also, the line, “like an animal that mothers the misplaced young,”. Fitting :D! Keep it up.

  5. Mama Zen Says:

    Oh, yes! This is perfect!

  6. Jamie Dedes Says:

    Perfectly enchanting! Smiles!

  7. The elephant drawings are adorable– they do go with your poem, especially the last lines, so lovely 🙂

  8. Kay Davies Says:

    Everyone has already described how I feel about this poem and the adorable elephants. “Delighted” is the word that springs to mind here.

  9. Helen Dehner Says:

    Enchanting, yes .. and adorable and whimsical. I love your art and your words!!!

  10. “the words kept me as their own”. Awe, I can relate to this as I was quite the reader as a child (and still am). The second drawing makes me think of my daughter spending the whole day on her bed reading Harry Potter – very sweet.

  11. Talon Says:

    Cool drawings! And the poem is lovely. Books (especially the much-loved, much-read ones) are magic.

  12. Elephants ~ Yay! ~ they are so appealing k. The poem is lovely ~ so evocative

  13. I had many books that were my safe place….lovely piece

  14. othermary Says:

    That is so beautifully expressed…I wish I had written this!

  15. janehewey Says:

    wonderful. you’ve really called-in a full experience, opening with those first two lines. the page was a palm reminded me of having a fever and being comforted by a palm feeling my forehead. In your closure, the words like an animal –so fitting. Mother love and book love merge with conviction. lovely lovely.

  16. I just love this – every word was sucked up by my own internal vacuum-cleaner which is rather partial to delicious words and the sounds they make when spoken.

  17. G-Man Says:

    Welcome back to the Friday Funfest
    Notice I didn’t come a calling last week due to your Non-Participation
    I’ve outgrown my guilt trips…hehehehe
    Loved your story as all voracious readers would
    You are so creative and talented and observing.
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

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