Friday, 31 March 2017

about a book

whenever I come upon
THAT book –
time flips
through the pages
to the summer
before high school
when I first read it

it opens, curiously,
to my favorite passage
and I imagine
~ the scent of mowed grass ~
~ sunburn on my shoulders ~
~ and beneath my bare legs …
the feel of sand-box-sand,
that lady-the-pup had shaken
onto the backyard blanket ~

so many things
I have left behind …
or have left me behind,
but – that book and I –
together to the end
and back again, until I
… am done

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me;
I am a free human being with an independent will.
Jane Eyre (Chapter 23) by Charlotte Brontë, 1847

note:   THAT line from THAT book – my favorite book … Jane Eyre:  to this day, I cannot read it without the voice inside of me going:  YES!!!!!!

photo:  My Jane Eyre – W. Bourke

© 2017 Wendy Bourke
 

23 comments:

  1. First, what a gorgeous-looking book.

    I v. much like your twist "time flips" and how the narrator's cherished book stimulates her memory of favorite small moments from years ago.

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  2. What a touch of magic. But then, one reflects. That book is not that far away...

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  3. I have left behind …
    or have left me behind.. yes both!!! Love this line.

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    1. This line really jumped out at me too....love it, Wendy!

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  4. that's what some books are...totally devours us....

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  5. Wouldn't be quite the same as an e-book would it? I find it hard to get rid of books for they are far more than just words.

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    1. They are, indeed ... far more - than just words.

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  6. I love the Bronte quote, and your poem. Impossible to have this experience with a Kindle! I find I still set my Kindle aside, and chose a "real" book instead. There's something about the touch and turning of pages that's a part of the story for me.

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  7. You brought me back to my youth reading books in the grass... I don't think I have the books left, but for sure I think about Lord of the rings and my first reading.

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  8. I enjoyed reading about the relationship you have with THAT book, Wendy. Some books are timeless, I think, for certain people; and it sounds like this is one that is timeless for you....a book you can peruse at any time and find words that speak to you. I read Jane Eyre in high school, I think, but have had no desire to pick it up since then. Smiles.

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  9. You took me back to childhood summers so I could almost feel that sand........oh, Jane Eyre, it was a wonder to read such books at thirteen and fourteen........I remember when I thought Heathcliff terribly romantic. All that dark suffering. Now he just seems ill-tempered, LOL.

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  10. I have a few books, that have been with me through good and bad times. They are a treasure for various reason, perhaps they stir fond memories, much like your words.

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  11. How wonderful--both your piece, and how this book makes you feel "yes" again and again. I love the images you pull from ---

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  12. Wendy... you are blossoming :-)
    ZQ

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  13. I love how your book brings back memories, not just of its content, but the time when you first read it. And how wonderful that you are still saying "yes".

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  14. Your note made me smile from ear to ear. For that's exactly how I feel when I travel into my favorite book, dance with my favorite passages... It's like going home and finding out that some things have changed and that we have also changed, but when we are together... the wonder remains the same. And that is glorious.

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  15. This is such a wonderfully heartfelt write!❤️

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  16. Indeed yes, that is a wonderful quote – particularly considering when it was written. And you have beautifully evoked your first encounter with it.

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  17. "time flips
    through the pages
    to the summer
    before high school"
    And with the book, it is about a person who trusted the sensations of life and images. Wow.

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  18. I have a book like that. A couple, actually.
    And they are as evocative as music to me.

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  19. that book and I –
    together to the end
    and back again, until I
    … am done

    One will always have a favorite despite progressing through many other books through the years.

    http://imagery77.blogspot.my/2017/04/it-is-engaging-upon-visitors.html

    Hank

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  20. I love your ending verses Wendy ~ I believe we are always part of the book or the book is part of us and our journey ~

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