Safer Than People – hour 17

Getting lost in a book

is safer by far

than taking a ride

in a sly Uber car

where the driver is banned

from all of the bars.

 

It’s better, and grand

to be holding the hand

of a kind caring hero

than to mistakenly tryst

with a real absolute zero.

 

Instead of a party

where the snobby and haughty

shun and ignore you

fairy tales and happy endings

with shimmering weddings

fairy godmother’s allowing

after midnight rule-bending.

 

In lieu of work and woe

changing nappies, stubbing toes

making magic I’d be

‘neath a big willow tree

and Harry would see

and then befriend me.

 

Instead of vehicular gridlock

Angry people, horns blaring havoc

by the bay I’d be frocked

with best bud, our arms locked

a feast beside us on the dock.

 

When a bad day I’d have

people I can’t save

and the world seems to cave

but a good book of prose

brings me a rose

and a crown on a throne

feels like a second home

and I’ll ne’er be alone.

 

– Sandra Johnson, 6/27/21

Inspiration: “Books were safer than other people anyway.” – Neil Gaiman

3 thoughts on “Safer Than People – hour 17

  1. I love this poem. Absolutely love it! It is so true that it is safer to travel within the pages of imagination than to go out there in ubers. It also does cheer you up when you’ve had a horrible day at work.

  2. This is wonderful. So many clever lines. I particularly loved
    “In lieu of work and woe

    changing nappies, stubbing toes

    making magic I’d be

    ‘neath a big willow tree

    and Harry would see

    and then befriend me.”

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