How indescribable is the pleasure that one derives from reading a book,
For a truly passionate one touches the heart’s every cranny and nook;
Paroxysms of emotions compete with one another, as the reader sails the pages,
As characters waft through at a frenetic pace, some of whom he adores, while some he disparages.
Wishing to get from an adorable lady in the tale, a gentle caress on his cheek,
While furrowing his brow in anger at a wicked wonder, terming the character to be morally meek;
Sitting up erect with taut nerves as an impending catastrophe plays on his fears,
Unwillingly dotting the pages, as a tragedy unfolds, with his unabashed tears.
Involuntarily egging on his hero who bravely embarks on yet a new endeavour,
Embracing the protagonist’s ecstasies, and manfully sharing his elegies, never allowing his spirits to waver;
Feeling a pang of jealousy, as his girl looks bashfully into the eyes of a lover,
He crushes with trembling fingers, the pages of her romantic interludes, as if it were a poisonous flower.
Quivering with uncontrolled temper, at an act of blatant sin,
Applauding with immense glee, a chivalrous act, and wishing the good soul well from within;
Totally letting himself be carried away in the author’s figment of imagination,
Living the roles, and for a few minutes, even refuting to being hoodwinked by a masterly fabrication.
As whole new vistas unfurl, and tempt him to experience them all,
The bait becomes irresistible and into their unexplored domain does he fall;
Sometimes he is caught in an angry tempest, in the form of an ungodly gale;
While at times he tenderly floats, in breezes ferrying him across many a beautiful vale.
Coursing through triumphs and tribulations galore, with a bated breath he nears the end,
Flying through the pages, with a racing pulse, visualizing in his mind’s eye the unknown fortunes of a foe or a friend;
As his epic escapades conclude leaving him drained and breathless, he sits as still as a resting brook;
Wondering aloud to himself, how indescribable is the pleasure that one derives from reading a book