Paper trail

The act of

reading books –

of feeling weight,

texture; of

hearing a turning

page; the smell

of paper and

ink; the sight of

black type on

creamy white

paper. Eyes, and

hands, and knees,

and brain, working

together, to

recreate the

physical process

of writing the book.

Thoughts turned to

words on page

turned back

to thought.

But here, on

this kindle, words

flow effortlessly

across the screen

and into my brain.

Have I lost


or gained