Poems of the Week

How Reading Can Prolong Your Life

by Steven Urquhart Bell

“Dr Mosley shares reading could be ‘key’ to longer life but how much you read matters”
Daily Express

When someone says I read too much
I tell them to get stuffed,
But only when they’ve left the room—
Especially if they’re buffed—

’Cos I’m a worm—a bookworm—and
I’ve never had a fight.
So how d’you know you couldn’t throw
A nifty right-left-right?

’Cos reading has endowed me with
A good imagination—
The only garlands I would win
Are wreaths for my cremation.