reading as dialogue

To myself, I posed a question:
If I wanted to change your life,
Which book would I give you to read?

I drew a blank and realized:
It would have to be much more
Than words on a page.

It would have to be underlined paragraphs
And highlighted phrases,
With handwritten notes in margins.

It would have to be ink-scribbled importance.
A way to create a dialogue
Between individuals performing individual acts.

Maybe I don’t want to change your life as much,
As I want you to see what has changed mine,
By turning a solo activity:
Reading a book,
Into a shared experience

 

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