Saturday Poem / On reading children's books

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She's marshaling her defenses,
preparing to dismiss the book
as simplistic, its sentiment
overdone, the descriptions
unworthy of a greeting card,
preparing to tell anyone
who interrupts her
that next week she'll embark
on "War and Peace,"
but then she's undone
by two lines of dialogue;
reaching for the tissue box,
her hand closes on air,
the box as empty
as her excuses.

Mary Soon Lee, born in London, lives in Squirrel Hill. Her poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review, American Scholar and Main Street Rag.


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