Prescription For Reading Poems
Read at least one poem a day
with or without water,
but in late afternoon or evening
a cocktail might give it added zest.
And donít forget
you can take your poetry book anywhere ó
though you should protect it
when reading underwater.
You might like to read in airplanes,
but if you get airsick donít forget the bag.
Donít puke all over your favorite poet.
Reading at breakfast
may stimulate your appetite,
but watch out for coffee drips and donít
let ham and eggs do ragtime on your pages.
Reading when you go to bed is healthy,
especially a long narrative like Beowulf.
Youíll doze off wading through its pages ó
like counting sheep.