Artwork © Luis Lázaro Tijerina

The Reader

You dare to ask me why I read?
You dare to call them mere fiction?
Well, I’d dare say
Those are not just mere story books
They are worlds to me, lives
Lives, where I peeped when mine was not right
They carry every sort of emotion
Every point of you
Someone’s miseries, some’s thought
They are imbued with illustrations
Livelines to many
Not the false believe people sway
That they may add to your vocab and no more
How many lives have you lived in a lifetime?
Just one.
And me, I lived a hundred
Is there anyone luckier than me?
And now you’d dare not say
That they are mere fictions
They are worlds, even better than ours.


Atullya: “I am 15 years old. Do not judge me by my age. I love to read and write poems. I think writing poem is the best one can express their strongest of emotions and I want my emotions to reach afar.”

Luis Lázaro Tijerina was born in Salina, Kansas. Mr. Tijerina has a Master of Art degree in history, concentration being military history and diplomacy. He is a published author of military theory, short stories, essays and poetry. Mr. Tijerina resides in Vermont.