WeWriWa # 4: The Book

Here’s a short poem I wrote in participation of WeWriWa:


There is a book

An old Arab trader warned me of

that takes your whole life to read.

Whole worlds are contained within.

And when you finish

you have just one day

to think it over and decide

if it was worth it after all.

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  1. I don’t usually like poems, but this one is fantastic!!! Haunting, even. Gah! I can’t get over how much I like this poem! Are there any poetry competitions you can enter this into? Because I am positive you would win.

    • thecorngoblin

       /  June 2, 2013

      Well thank you for reading! I’ve no idea about poetry competitions, but it sounds like fun! I’ll check it out.

  2. Reblogged this on Michelle Proulx – The Blog and commented:
    Not usually a fan of poetry, but this one really intrigued me. Check it out 🙂

  3. Yes, I would have to agree. I don’t often come away from a poem feeling quite so intrigued. The questions it brings to mind. Would you want to read the book? Would you want to finish the book? How could you make the book last longer? Perhaps it is the book of life.

    • thecorngoblin

       /  June 2, 2013

      The initial idea was wondering if someone would have regrets if they spent their whole life watching someone else’s life. I immediately thought this would be a bad thing, but then, as I thought more about it, I realized that it could also be a good thing too, especially if your real life would have been extra shitty.
      The questions you’ve raised have intrigued me just as much as the initial ones that prompted me to write. Thanks for reading, once again!
      Your last question is very intriguing indeed.

  4. pretty good – I write poetry also. Your could almost be a haiku 😀

  5. what a clever piece – almost like a fable! great writing:)

  6. Nifty idea! Leaves the Reader pondering…

  7. danitaminnis

     /  June 2, 2013

    Sounds like a book you would have a read a few times to ‘get’ it. Very nice 🙂

  8. Excellent poem – thought provoking because there’s so much truth in it!

  9. What does it say about me that my first thought was that the book had to be the Necronomicon….

  10. Oh is it the book of life to which the trader refers? I loved it. I read it over a few times and ech gave me a piece more of the meaning, or what I got out of it. Excellent job! What a pleasant surprise to see a poem.

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  11. Very nice poem, I like the image of the book.

  12. Thank you, Corngoblin!

    Reblogged here http://eclecticbreakfast.blogspot.com/2013/06/thank-you-corngoblin.html

    With the comment:

    I admire great poetry, all the more so because I have no idea how it’s done. This one is beautiful and true.


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