Reading Advice

Keep the pages open
laid flat
that is my only request.

Don’t turn back, or,
if turning,
return to this square of ink.

You’ve only got hands
to take with you,
I have all these boxes, for a start.

The curl of a lampshade will be
your undoing.
Close your eyes before it flickers.

Too set in your ways, you’ve got
to relax once
in awhile, don’t scan endlessly

for the point, the gist.
You’ll only be
frustrated at such hierarchy.

If you don’t believe me,
how the birds choose a different

section of telegraph to land every time.

By Joshua Keiter

reader, writer, actor, singer, teacher