I prefer to read
Between the lines much more than
Between the covers
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
The concept for this poem comes from the English expression to read between the lines, which refers to less than literal meanings of any text. Reading between the covers, of course, means reading the literal text between covers of a book. Here, I use it metaphorically to mean reading any text, be it bound in covers or not. That is reading between the lines, in a way, of this haiku. 🙂
Trying to find, and discovering, meanings in any text beyond the literal can be so interesting and eye opening, that it is often a more rewarding reading experience than just reading the literal meanings. Mind you, exquisitely beautiful writing is quite the experience on its own. It’d be best if it were not just literally beautiful, but also metaphorically beautiful, with less than obvious metaphors.
The H-series poems comprise of haiku composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Haiku collection.