TO THE WOMAN WHO READS ON THE TRAIN

Image result for woman reading on the train

And most of the time she reads.

As if someone broke her heart and she fled into a book

And she no longer needs

His love. Or the laughter love engenders. Look!

Love could be here, but books

Say love is absent. Looks

Lovers send are missing on page

After page, where writers journey, age after age,

Losing their imaginary loves. I can name

The most famous: Beatrice. Dante brought Beatrice fame

Because to her memory he imaginatively wrote

All the beauty we might hear in a musical note,

Sighing to us before it melts away

In one of those old songs a scratchy LP might play

When an old record player, with a needle still sharp,

Hums into action, and produces the sound of the trembling harp.

The mechanical conditions for music must be just right.

A lovely woman who madly reads is considered the perfect gem.

Look at the guys trying to see what book she’s reading but she doesn’t see them.

A person will remove their glasses before they retire at night,

But I think she keeps her glasses on, and there, by the lamp, in bed, she reads,

And she’s missing someone, someone who once read aloud to her—whom she hardly needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. noochinator said,

    November 17, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Tomas, any info on who is the actress in the photo?

    • thomasbrady said,

      November 17, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      The movie still is from Hitchcock’s Strangers On A Train.

  2. noochinator said,

    November 18, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Thank you — I believe the actress is Patricia Hitchcock, daughter of the director.


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