dawn sounds
excerpts from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

I opened a book


I opened a book and in I strode

Now nobody can find me

I’ve left my chair, my house, my road

My town and my world behind me

I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring

I’ve swallowed the magic potion

I’ve fought with a dragon, dined with a king

And dived in a bottomless ocean


I opened a book and made some friends

I shared their tears and laughter

And followed their road with its bumps and bends

To the happily ever after

I finished my book and out I came

The cloak can no longer hide me

My chair and my house are just the same

But I have a book inside me



Julia Donaldson