A Girl Not Reading a Book

Sat in the café curled into the armchair – white cotton shirt pressed into geometry that boxes her shoulders. She hides behind tight hair, teeth pressed together in anticipation of freedom. Pushing her glasses up her nose she emerges to give her partner a kiss – she doesn’t let go of her bag. Her face is ironed in place. She needs to escape. Without even noticing she slips under and breathes in the intoxication of remembered words. She needs the words. She sees the café as the language it contains – starchy – not the words she needs. The words she hasn’t yet read call out to the words within. She sees her body swollen from the pressure of not reading. She has become words – words she must release from the book in her bag. Her partner smiles again.

– Benjamin F Jones
Without even noticing she slips under and breathes in the intoxication of remembered words.

Without even noticing she slips under and breathes in the intoxication of remembered words.

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About Graphite Bunny

I am a writer working in South Wales (UK). I love pizza, photography and moist clay. When it rains I catch drops in my open mouth. I create poetry, flash, absurdist snapshots and humorous fiction.
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8 Responses to A Girl Not Reading a Book

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  2. arielbrooks says:

    Enjoyed the whole piece, but especially the title – the title was my favorite part.

  3. Kristi says:

    I know this feeling well!

  4. jonth says:

    Wonderful. We are inside her preoccupation with the unseen book and its other world.

    • Thank you. I think anyone who is a voracious reader knows what this feeling is like. I remember working in the pension review and some days counting down the minutes until I could get on the commuter train home for a good read.

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