She watches them run through the pages
the images flowing beneath them,
hands touching the story.
She reaches out, a new
tenderness rushing through her skin.
She watches the ink singing
on the paper on their fingertips,
plots swirling under digits
lines spoken without sound
– she stops.
She plots, weaving into the
chapter this reading
this flowing of paper trails
and cuts to new scenes.
She is a reader, and can flesh out
characters only perfectly flawed
on the page, turn them into
whatever she can imagine
until they adapt to another vision.
She knows the twist turning in the wound
she sees the knot in the thread
the heart of the matter
and lets it beat.
She knows a book can end
as inevitable frames close the scene
lines are drawn and quartered
covers tucked in for an early sundown.
She knows a book can hold
lists and how-to tips and a universe of
suggestions and revisions and pages upon
pages upon pages of the kind
of words that are meant
to help and heal and soothe.
She knows all this but also knows
that none of it really helps
to turn a new leaf
start a chapter anew
and read further than the words
Except for her to pick up
or the same book perhaps
turn it round in her hands
and begin, again.