To know what otherwise I would not know,*
To go where otherwise I may not go;
To feel, to learn, to grow, to see,
Become what otherwise I could not be;
Remember, reminisce, repent,
Restore a bit of what I’ve spent,
Recapture what I miss and, too,
Envision what I’d like to do;
Escape, sometimes, and heal my mind,
Revive my soul, explore, refine,
Solve problems or just plant a seed,
That and more is why I read.
This post is in response to an invitation from one of my publishers, HarperCollins, in honor of their 200th anniversary, to encourage reading and literacy. See here for other authors’ responses.
*Adapted from Love’s Labour’s Lost, I.1.58