Curl Up and Read

January 8, 2009
By Maxwell Paluska, Grand Rapids, MI

What do you do like to do when you are at home in the middle of a snowstorm?


Turn on the TV and waste hours in front of it's hypnotic glow?


Or perhaps rub the fingerprints off your fingers playing Halo 3?


I like to curl up in my bed and read.


I can never have a larger pleasure than curling up with a good book.


Outside, as I read, the snow mounts high.


Ice forms on the roads and sidewalks.


Icicles form on the power lines.


Engrossed in things that never happened or never will.


I don't notice a thing.


As the world outside is turned into a single statue of pure-white crystal.


Wood, asphalt, concrete and metal, they all give way to the crystal.


As I read, the sky goes from light to dark.


As I read, clouds move in and out of sight.


As I read, even time itself stands completely and noiselessly still.


Here I am, wrapped in a warm blanket with a cat curled up on my chest, and a good book in my arms.


I notice nothing around me.


Then I turn the page, and the silence continues.



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This article has 8 comments.


on Jan. 14 2009 at 5:43 pm
This is a great poem. It really captures the esance of the moment with great descriptiveness. I can really relate with this, I read all the time on Saturdays! It's so exciting you got published!

Randomdude said...
on Jan. 14 2009 at 5:37 pm
Great Job! I love the part where it says, "As the world outside is turned into a single statue of pure-white crystal." When I look at the snow I see the exact same thing! Congrats on getting it on teen ink!

KTG said...
on Jan. 14 2009 at 5:35 pm
I like your poem a lot. I like the last line; it reads, "I turn the page, and the silence continues." It makes it feel kind of... well, suspensful in a way. I once again really enjoyed this poem.

WittRil said...
on Jan. 14 2009 at 5:31 pm
I really like how kids like us can really relate to the poem....I love the sentence 'as the world outside is turned into a single statue of crystal,'.

sarbar78 said...
on Jan. 14 2009 at 5:23 pm
I really liked how you were talking about the snow outside. I really got a mental image when you wrote about outside.

preston guy said...
on Jan. 14 2009 at 5:18 pm
I really like this peace. Most of the time I'm doing something other then reading in a snowstorm but I see why you would want to read on that kind of day.

Maureen said...
on Jan. 14 2009 at 5:00 pm
I really like the line "they all give way to the crystal."

ethan96 said...
on Jan. 14 2009 at 1:22 am
Amazing, Touching


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