A Love Poem for World Book Day

April 23, 2010 at 10:51 am 3 comments

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the Occasion of World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2010

“Reader” by Noelle Q. de Jesus

Take me as you might a book and gently contemplate
Linger and understand me without pressure
Turn me slowly, and page by page relate
Your dreams to the ones I hold and treasure
Ponder and puzzle the various chapters I relay
But remember the printed word is not complete truth
Disagree and show me there is a better way
Do not blame me for my inadequate youth

But note my subtext, read between my lines
And capture what I dare not spell
Hold me tightly, deeper in your mind
And yield your own, that I may read as well

There is no need to comprehend completely
Only know and love and keep me sweetly.

“Reader” is copyright © 2002 by by Noelle Q. de Jesus
from Love Gathers All: The Philippines-Singapore Anthology of Love Poetry
ed. by Ramón C. Sunico, Alfred A. Yuson, Aaron Lee and Alvin Pang
published in 2002 jointly by Anvil Publishing & Ethos Books


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. See Yong Chun  |  May 12, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I think that this poem was designed as a very fine example for us to refer to. It is somewhat like teaching you how to treat a book you have or any other books you may come across. Also, in it, there is much value as there is the author’s unique writing style, and the message it conveys across. The poem also shows that the actual value of any book does not lie within its age, but within its words and story.

  • 2. Justin Foo Min Hua  |  May 12, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    I enjoy the poem. The first 5 sentences perfectly describes the way I read books. To read and understand it without pressure, relate each page without hurry.
    The next few sentences are a little more unusual, not to take what’s written as the truth. Do not take it lightly.
    This poem is quite deep in meaning.

  • 3. tan shao wei  |  August 18, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    this poem is composed excellently and is great in making people sense that the books are not only intresting in the story inside the book but that if you imagine things that is not written, you can enjoy the story better


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