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The Magic Of Books

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The child knows best... A book's a story waiting to be read Taking one to where their feet never tread Be it fact or fiction whatever's told It's a mystery about to unfold.

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© more by Sue Hardy-Dawson

Published: March 4, 2022

A book is not a window
nor is it a magical key
a book’s not a path
through a mountain
or a forest of enchanted trees

A book is not a doorway
nor is it a phase of the moon
it’s not made by
an ancient magician
or the shake of a shaman’s rune

A book is not a monster
nor can it be your friend
it’s no place to keep
hopes or secrets
for you may not find them again

A book is not a phantom
nor a thing only you can see
it’s not a spell
to make laughter
you can’t enter and leave your grief

A book is not a journey
nor is it a prayer or a wish
the old man said
to the wide-eyed child
who just smiled and said ‘Oh but it is...’

ABOUT THE POET:

Sue Hardy Dawson is a poet and illustrator from Yorkshire and appears in many anthologies. Her first solo collection Where Zebras Go was shortlisted for the 2018 CLiPPA prize. Sue’s poems and teaching resources can be found on the CLPE website. Her second collection with poetry ambassadors Roger Stevens and Liz Brownlee won the North Somerset Teachers Book Awards. A new solo collection, If I Were Other Than Myself, is out with Troika now. Sue has a First Class Honours Degree. She loves to visit schools and do workshops. As a dyslexic poet, she also loves encouraging reluctant readers and writers.

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The child knows best...
A book's a story waiting to be read
Taking one to where their feet never tread
Be it fact or fiction whatever's told
It's a mystery about to unfold.

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