Why I Read MAG

January 8, 2012
By Susannah Bane BRONZE, Silver Spring, Maryland
Susannah Bane BRONZE, Silver Spring, Maryland
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I read because I like the way it tastes.
The nutty crunch of a hard “k,”
the lemon-like, breathy whisper of an “s.”
I think of myself as a connoisseur of
phonetic flavors.
When a poem flows right off my tongue,
the sweet, cool taste is tangible.
Words leave tastes in my mouth.
I carry on throughout the rest of my day
while the flavors linger.
My mind cannot escape,
paralyzed by the richness of a classic,
the garlic of a tragedy.
Eloquent consonants stick between my teeth,
delicate vowels melt on my tongue.
I wonder if others can taste it too,
the smooth icing and sparkling sprinkles
of a light beach read.
The intoxication after something so powerful
it leaves you dizzy.
Sometimes my words do not taste right.
I cannot swallow what I've written,
the words fall flat and bland back on my plate.
I strive to write something so scrumptious
that it can replace dessert.
Something so filling
dinner is no longer needed.
For now, I will experiment.
Blend my ideas with recipes that others have written
in a bowl so big that mistakes cannot be tasted.

The author's comments:
When I become engrossed in a book, I am so distant from the outside world. It's just me and the words; words so powerful or beautiful that I can taste them on my tongue.

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on Sep. 12 2012 at 6:35 pm
Imaginedangerous PLATINUM, Riverton, Utah
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Wow! Wonderfully whimsical and yet perfectly realistic- great work. :)

jruth SILVER said...
on Jan. 30 2012 at 5:46 pm
jruth SILVER, Washington DC, District Of Columbia
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Favorite Quote:
A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
-Salman Rushdie

Love your detailed descriptions, very fun to read!

on Jan. 30 2012 at 5:09 pm
OMG Susannah this is amazing! You are quite the poet! :)

on Jan. 30 2012 at 1:47 pm
This is beautiful, it makes me feel like a synesthete!

ceccec said...
on Jan. 30 2012 at 1:10 pm
Wow this was a great poem!!!!! very inspiring

liagirl123 said...
on Jan. 30 2012 at 1:00 pm
THIS WAS THE MOST AMAZING THING I'VE EVER READ


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