Books I Want To Read

The list of books I want to read
grows longer and more various
as chapters of my life speed past.

Sometimes I try to read
three books at a time
but somehow nothing sticks.

I put these three away for another day
and then I find two new ones
that make my mind purr with excitation.

My bookcase grows and grows
with the remnants of my mind’s travels
each shelf marking the passing of a decade.

For my funeral I have requested
a second plot, a second casket
to hold the books I still want to read.