Kathryn Stucker graces us with another of her poems. Glad to share her writings.
I’d Like to Read a Story
I’d like to read a story that has
Characters I can admire,
A story with a message,
A plot with twists and turns,
An ending I can’t predict.
I’d like to read a story in which
The hero has many dimensions,
The heroine is not a stereotype,
The villain has redeeming qualities,
And I can care about them all.
I’d like to read a story that will
Challenge my intellect,
Give me things to think about,
Change my outlook on at least one issue,
And dig deep into my soul.
I’d like to read a story that
I don’t quit in disgust in chapter one,
Or worse yet, after more wasted time,
But takes more than a day to finish,
And requires some time to absorb.
I’d like to read a story with
Layers of meaning,
But is clear in its concept,
With references to things I can imagine,
Even if I haven’t seen or lived them.
I’d like to read a book that
I will keep on my shelf,
Planning to read again,
To glean more from its pages,
Even if I never do.
Kathryn Moore Stucker – 2003