Time and Quiet

Give me time and quiet
to read a hardback book
out under an oak tree
not on some pavement.

Give me time and quiet
and a hardback book
under an oak tree.

Let me carry a satchel
with extra volumes (just in case)
to that quiet space

Nail a sign above me
that says “Do not disturb.”

I’ll return when I’m ready,
when I’ve had enough of time and quiet.

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