I Read Nothing

05 Feb
Ebook collections on iPad

The collections on the Kindle App of my iPad (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

I Read Nothing

On my snazzy e-book reader
I load volumes by the score
fantasy and tomes of how-to
poems, fiction and memoir
books of travel and adventure
wondrous places to explore!

Have collected them for years now
by the hundreds three or four.
But what’s starting to amaze me
despite all these books galore
is my reader isn’t getting fat
and weighs not one ounce more!

Is my reader full of nothing
is it real—my large book store
this that occupies for hours
with best sellers and encore,
where I’ve always one more book to read
not bookless as before?

You can have your softback novels
over heavy hardbacks pore
sniff the ink, caress the vellum
hound of paperback hardcore.
Of my weightless nothing e-books
I’m a fan forevermore!

© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)


Oh dear do I hear a collective groan on seeing another NOTHING poem? Sorry about that. But all the nothing poems read in the past few weeks hatched ideas for more. This one I couldn’t resist.

And please know that I am not trying to provoke a dust-up between paper and e-book loyalists. This is written tongue-in-cheek.

Poetry Friday LogoThis post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by Tricia at Miss Rumphius Effect where the welcome mat is out. Drop by for links to all kinds of delectable poetic fare.


Posted by on February 5, 2016 in Light, Objects, Poetry Friday


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12 responses to “I Read Nothing

  1. lsteinglass

    February 5, 2016 at 7:38 am

    No groaning here! You make such a good point. Why don’t those readers get any heavier as we fill them up?


    • Violet Nesdoly

      February 5, 2016 at 9:10 am

      It’s quite the mystery, isn’t it, Liz? But I love being able to cart my whole library with me on trips as short as to the next room or far as across the country.


  2. Wendy L. Macdonald

    February 5, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Violet, I love my Kindle and my paper books. And I loved this poem–it’s so true. 🙂 It’s wonderful to be able to carry a “library” in my purse.
    Blessings ~ Wendy


    • Violet Nesdoly

      February 5, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you, Wendy! I confess I love my paper books too. Whenever ‘someone’ at my house suggests I have too many, I get all defensive at the prospect of thinning.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Wendy L. Macdonald

        February 5, 2016 at 6:59 pm

        Violet, I think the best dressed rooms have at least one bookcase full of lovelies.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. maryleehahn

    February 6, 2016 at 4:57 am

    I like the ability to have an entire library inside the space of a digital device…especially since our physical bookshelves are full to the brim!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Violet Nesdoly

      February 6, 2016 at 7:55 am

      Mary, about the stuffed physical bookshelves–so true! I find it painful to pare down. With my e-books, no one even knows how many I have!! I can hoard to my heart’s content!


  4. Carol

    February 6, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Your nothing poem made me laugh! Very clever! I think of all the books I have bought and paid to lug around the country and dusted. I really need to invest in an e-reader.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Tabatha

    February 6, 2016 at 6:59 am

    I don’t have an e-reader, but you certainly make a good case for them. I thought we’d run out of fresh takes on nothing, but here you are with another!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Violet Nesdoly

    February 6, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Carol and Tabatha, give it a try. It’s not like reading a physical book for sure. For example, you can’t remember where in the volume and on which side of the page a quote was if you need to find it again. But, you can search the book for words. Another drawback: it’s hard to share a book with friends. But you can have it on several devices (like an e-reader and via the app on your phone or tablet) and so could lend one out.


  7. Myra GB

    February 8, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    What an ode to e-books, that’s something you don’t see everyday! Good one, Violet! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

    February 9, 2016 at 5:03 am

    After last month, I’d bet we could have a whole year of nothing poems without running out of ideas! I’m glad your muse is still happy hatching new ones, Violet. And like others have said, you certainly make a good case for investing in an e-reader!

    Liked by 1 person


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