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. Sat in the sun and listened. Good to hear your voice. And your words. Thank you for making? taking the time to do this.

  2. 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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