The Hunger Games. A Separate Peace. Macbeth. Richard III.

The Giving Tree. The Odyssey. To Kill a Mockingbird.

“Of all you’ve read,” the teacher said, “Which one sets you aglow?

Identify the book and tell us which line makes it so.”

The Crucible. The Grapes of Wrath. Their Eyes Were Watching God.

The Hate U Give. Or Charlotte’s Web. Which one should get the nod?

So many novels that I love. So many nights spent reading.

Which one, if pressed, do I like best? Which one is superseding?

I don’t want books that give me looks into a writer’s head.

I want to feel a book reveal a writer’s heart instead.

Forgo the sacred diatribe, a pompous author’s choice,

For me convene a gentler scene with calm uplifting voice.

With that in mind I am inclined to offer up my case.

A tiny prince who is convinced he’s found a friend in space.

Without conceit this prince petite has caught me in his spell.

What makes the desert beautiful? Somewhere it hides a well.


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