A Note from Aline

“The First Book” by Rita Dove
 
Open it.
 
Go ahead, it won’t bite.
Well…maybe a little.
 
More a nip, like. A tingle.
It’s pleasurable, really.
 
You see, it keeps on opening.
You may fall in.
 
Sure, it’s hard to get started;
remember learning to use
 
knife and fork? Dig in:
you’ll never reach bottom.
 
It’s not like it’s the end of the world –
just the world as you think
 
you know it.
 
From “On the Bus with Rosa Parks,” 1999, by Rita Dove
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