Poetry: Reading Books – Vivian G. Gouled

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Here is another beautiful bookish poem I stumbled upon online where I couldn’t find out much anything about the author. So, even though I don’t want to make an ass out of you or me, let’s go for some assumptions. Vivian G. Gouled was a woman and a poet. She probably loved reading and was a fan of rhymes. I’m also going to assume that she had children, or taught children since this poem was written form the point of view of a young child, as evidenced by the last two lines.

I like this poem because I can really identify with it. I have always loved reading, and there’s nothing I love more than browsing through my bookshelves for something to read. I get bored and distracted easily and nothing can completely and fully capture my attention like a book. I was going to say like a good book, but even bad books capture my attention. I’m a little too old to like picture books, but I do love reading about faraway places and imagine myself there too. I also like poetry, though you won’t find many poetry books on my shelf. I do own a number rhyming stories, however!

Reading Books
By Vivian G. Gouled

I like to read all kinds of books
To entertain myself,
And so I’m glad when I can take
A book down from the shelf.

I like the picture books of planes,
Of flowers, birds, and ships
From which I can imagine that
I’m taking wonder trips.

I like the books with stories in
And also books of rhymes;
I often try to learn a few
And say them lots of times.

I like to read all kinds of books
I find upon the shelf –
Particularly now that I
Can read all by myself!

Happy reading,

Loes M.

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