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Date a girl who reads.




Date a girl who reads. 

Date a girl who spends her money on books 
instead of clothes. 
She has problems with closet space 
because she has too many books. 
Date a girl who has a list of books 
she wants to read, 
who has had a library card 
since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. 

You’ll know that she does 
because she will always have 
an unread book in her bag.
She’s the one lovingly looking over 
the
 shelves in the bookstore, 
the one who quietly cries out 
when she finds the book she wants. 
You see the weird chick sniffing the pages 
of an old book in a second hand book shop? 
That’s the reader. 
They can never resist smelling the pages, 
especially when they are yellow.

She’s the girl reading while waiting 
in that coffee shop down the street. 
If you take a peek at her mug, 
the non-dairy creamer is floating on top 
because she’s kind of engrossed already. 
Lost in a world of the author’s making. 

Sit down. 

She might give you a glare,
 as most girls who read 
do not like to be interrupted. 
Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know 
what you really think of Murakami. 
See if she got through 
the first chapter of Fellowship. 
Understand that if she says she understood 
James Joyce’s Ulysses, 
she’s just saying that 
to sound intelligent. 
Ask her if she loves Alice 
or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. 
Give her books for her birthday, 
for Christmas 
and for anniversaries. 
Give her the gift of words, 
in poetry, 
in song. 
Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. 
Let her know that you understand 
that words are love. 
Understand that she knows the difference 
between books and reality 
but by God, 
she’s going to try to make her life 
a little like her favorite book. 
It will never be your fault if she does.
She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. 
If she understands syntax, 
she will understand your need to lie. 
Behind words are other things: 
motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. 
It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. 
Because a girl who reads knows 
that failure always leads up to the climax. 
Because girls who read understand 
that all things will come to end. 
That you can always write a sequel. 
That you can begin again and again 
and still be the hero. 
That life is meant to have a villain or two.
Why be frightened of everything 
that you are not? 

Girls who read understand that people, 
like characters, develop. 
Except in the Twilightseries.

If you find a girl who reads, 
keep her close. 
When you find her up at 2 AM 
clutching a book to her chest and weeping, 
make her a cup of tea and hold her. 
You may lose her for a couple of hours 
but she will always come back to you. 

She’ll talk as if 
the characters in the book are real, 
because for a while, 
they always are.
You will propose on a hot air balloon. 
Or during a rock concert. 
Or very casually next time she’s sick. 
Over Skype.

You will smile so hard 
you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst 

and bled out all over your chest yet. 
You will write the story of your lives, 
have kids with strange names 
and even stranger tastes. 
She will introduce your children to 
the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, 
maybe in the same day. 

You will walk the winters of 
your old age together 
and she will recite Keats under her breath 
while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads
 because you deserve it. 
You deserve a girl who can give you 
the most colorful life imaginable. 
If you can only give her monotony, 
and stale hours and half-baked proposals, 
then you’re better off alone. 
If you want the world 
and the worlds beyond it, 
date a girl who reads.


Or better yet, 
date a girl who writes.

-Rosemarie Urquico-

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AWESOME!! :) HOPE IT BE SEEN BY SOMEONE WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT THE GIRLS WHO READ

oh woww! almost in tears! this is a beautiful poem :)

Beautifully written!! I just love the way you convey EVERYTHING in simple yet enchanted words!

Wowww, beautiful poem :-)

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  • I am a woman who fell in love with papers and words long enough before with boys. Therefore, scrapbooking, writing, reading, and art journaling are just things that complete me. I live happily in Bandung, Indonesia, with my husband, Audy Kusnadjaja, and 2 adorable kids adore me. Isn't life sweet?
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