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A Friend for Life

I was just a young girl of nine or ten
When I found something so special 
It drew me in and kept me there
I was lost in its trance 
Quietly alone in my imagination
I read, my first novel
I remember the author
Someone unexpected
Julie Andrews, and the title was 
Mandy
I can still remember small details 
Of my first novel, it opened my soul
Up to all around me.
Enchanting and forever
How for oh!, such a short time
A story becomes a friend
Entwined until it is finished
Always sad, aching for more
At the conclusion. 



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  1. Date: 5/13/2013 6:45:00 PM

    Yep..a great book is a bestfriend for life..the cover gets worn out but the story never looses its magoc..lovely poem

  1. Date: 4/26/2013 6:37:00 PM

    Great descriptive work about reading a novel....I get engrossed in them also..Thanks for your visits to my work..Sara

  1. Date: 4/21/2013 3:36:00 AM

    nicely penned Jennifer....best wishes

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 8:03:00 PM

    If you wish to continue the conversation feel free to soup mail me. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Goodnight.

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 8:01:00 PM

    I know the feeling. That's why it is so hard to part with books, they do feel like friends. In answer to your question about grieving. In some ways it may be more difficult for men to express their pain, we are taught it is unmanly to show emotion. However burying the pain results in much longer lasting problems. The pain will release in some way and that can cause greater problems.

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 6:34:00 AM

    Oh yes, I love this. It pulls up those old feelings I remember when I read my first real novel. I read The Hobbit at about ten...I was in another world...amazing feeling!

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 10:13:00 PM

    SOUNDS LIKE ME!!! I read Cormac McArthy...like he is an Old FRIEND! You tell of this friendship so wonderfully...and makes me realize our need for friends like those...who keep us warm company in days of lonliness...

  1. Date: 4/16/2013 5:12:00 PM

    oh what marvelous friend a book can be. How interesting, I just read a poet who was paying tribute to someone named Mandy!

  1. Date: 4/16/2013 3:22:00 PM

    I love your story, Jennifer, wish I could hear more. thank you for sharing this chapter about you...xox~ Linda