The Need to Read

Nottinghamshire- based performance poet, Louise Ashley was so inspired by the ideas behind Rooted in Reading that she wrote the following poem. You may want to use it as part of your reading for pleasure promotion.

The Need To Read

The need to read
is as strong as that to breath
on letters I feed
every syllable plants a seed

at the imagination’s centre
I willingly enter
I’m caught
in flexible thought
this can’t be taught
can’t be bought

my mind’s active and engaged
in a gallery of knowledge, beautifully displayed
I gain an understanding
of how others think and feel
I’m open to new ideas
whether dreams, or totally real

open up a book
open up a new dimension
creativity is cocooned between the lines
the mind’s an amazing invention
processing information
catapults concentration

promotes a positive lifestyle
focusing on words
is proven to be worthwhile
the rhythm of language
develops good reading skills
want to think for yourself? reading fulfills

whether entertaining fiction
or knowledgeable fact
reading is relaxing
a therapeutic act
take a break
from the day to day – escape
be instantly transported
journey through another’s eyes
into another world
where ‘the possible’ lies

right side brain is stimulated
the inner artist escalated
maintain a sense of self
improve emotional health
your interests expand, your future’s in your hands

ideas grow in every direction
communication spreads via the reading infection
stay informed, nourish your soul
reading and writing make a whole
so don’t think you don’t have the need
grab a good book and have a good read!

Louise Ashley

Performance Poet


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