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                           ‘just be an ordinary Joe’ said Jon
                           when I was explaining that
                           I was losing the anxiety
                           of searching for hidden treasure
                           in bookshops and reading
                           in collecting books-I-will-read
                           for decades on the shelf
                           in forcing myself to finish books
                           that have become numb
                           searching and searching
                           for the vindicating angle
                           of my whole life

                           he didn’t listen to the part of me
                           ‘losing it’ but then again
                           I didn’t fully acknowledge
                           the anxiety I was losing

                           he was more right





books wormhole: Bonus Books
bookshop wormhole: ‘in the bookshop …’
Brighton wormhole: satisfaction / looking down / – ‘good parent
life wormhole: satis faction
Jon wormhole: Jonathon
searching wormhole: coffee shop / inculcation
speech wormhole: smalltown / Derbyshire
walking wormhole: holiday