You can’t read in traffic

Stuck in horrendous traffic on the way to work yesterday, I began to reflect on the irony that, as someone who spends most of my life talking about reading and writing, I have remarkably little time to read or write. This is what those thoughts generated.

5 thoughts on “You can’t read in traffic

  1. Very lovely.

    But if traffic is at a complete standstill, why can’t you read then, or at long traffic lights? (I did this just yesterday without any problem, hitting every single stop light for several minutes each. I felt that the wait would have been too long without the comfort of a good book. But, I don’t plan to do this all the time. I do know the risks.)

    Also, why can’t you keep a notebook in the car while you drive? I have written several poems this way, and just catching the title or a bit of a line is a move forward while stopped in traffic. Again , slightly risky. But if traffic is stopped altogether . . . .

    But I don’t want to be responsible for leading you into deadly bad habits. Maybe a small voice recorder would help you? Or could you get books on tape or CD?

    Your blog has often been a blessing to me, and I have learned a lot about the writing craft from you. Thank you for the work you do.

    Best Regards,
    \
    GwennonR

      1. There is also the old stand-by prayer: “Lord, I commit these words to You right now. Will you please bring them back to mind when I am able to capture them on paper?”

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