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Agatha Christie Taught Me to be a Book Worm

Behind a chair 
        Below a desk
 with my bare feet on a wall, in my flannel pajama or a wet swimming suit,
   
With my hands on my peanut butter and jelly toast,
          marmalade, not cherry or anything else 

Next to an ocean, ignoring the smell,
Lying in a hammock or in the grass, even on a sandy gritty beach towel.
Listening to children’s giggles, being dripped on 
                     by wet swimming suits running past
                 
I can devour a pile of books.
    History, science, animal facts, jokes, limericks, Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Coleridge, Poe.
    When one grabs me and throttles me to pay attention I am lost….

I am no longer a mere mortal.
             I am in a microscope, under a kitchen floorboard, in a tulip’s leaf, 
                          I am a faery, a T-rex, a Stormtrooper, a police detective.

In a treehouse, 
            High above my neighbors, not hearing them at all,
                            Yet subconsciously hearing everything, 
          I learned to be a book worm, reading Agatha Christie first….

Written 3-08-19
Contest:  The Bookworm Poetry Contest                Sponsor: Kai Michael Neumann

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 3/9/2019 9:52:00 PM
Wonderful write (I adore Agatha Christie, too!)... ;)
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 3/9/2019 11:09:00 PM
Thank you. I am seeing a PATTERN of Christie fans on this site.
Date: 3/9/2019 2:51:00 PM
I discovered Agatha in high school, fell in love with her books! The first one I read was 'Halloween Party' - but I think my favorite is 'Evil Under the Sun'-
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 3/9/2019 6:21:00 PM
"And Then There Were None" is my go-to-Agatha-Christie-Book.
Date: 3/9/2019 10:15:00 AM
Enjoyed your poem. Agatha Christie was my favourite writer too.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 3/9/2019 1:08:00 PM
She is the reason I kept reading.