My poem – Reading as a Tonic

bless my sponge bath
fiddle oak / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Books are one of the best tonics I know
for most anything that ails you.
They uplift your spirits,
absorb your attention,
pull you away from your worries,
and demand that you be present.

They comfort and soothe,
entertain and delight,
and spark your emotions
while speaking to your mind.
They are truly a wonder
that the uninitiated has no concept of.

Find the right book
and you’ve found wings for an hour,
a day.
A lifetime.

I’m still surprised
the doctors haven’t caught on
and learned to prescribe fiction
for patients.

Cheryl Rainfield, all rights reserved.
June 06, 2008

Check out more poems on the web for Poetry Friday this week.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
This entry was posted in poems about books, poetry. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to My poem – Reading as a Tonic

  1. cloudscome says:

    If the drug companies caught on, now that would take off, right? If we needed an Rx and insurance company approval… but then libraries wouldn’t be free anymore! Oh No!….. WAIT! They are free! I’m walking over to my library right now!

  2. Cheryl says:

    LOL Cloudscome. I like your reasoning. 🙂

  3. Pingback: A Lifetime Away » Blog Archive » My poem - Reading as a Tonic

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.