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Girl Reading
Ginny Lowe Connors

the rain has arrived in a terrible torrent   
you can hear race horses
wind roaring toward us like a train
long silver streamers of water
spill from the eaves
and hard drops
leap up from the ground
as if burnt
the dahlias are tattered
I doubt they shall ever recover
but Carolina refuses
to look up from her book
which carries her to China just now
            the weather there
must be more to her liking
© by Ginny Lowe Connors.
Used with the author’s permission.


Ginny Lowe Connors is a retired English teacher and the author of four full-length poetry collections and a chapbook, Under the Porch, which won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. She runs a small poetry press, Grayson Books, and is co-editor of Connecticut River Review. Ginny has also edited a number of poetry anthologies, including Forgotten Women: A Tribute in Poetry. Learn more about her at



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Wilda Morris:
Maybe this poem is about me when I was a girl - the poet just changed the name to protect the guilty!
Posted 10/17/2012 08:25 AM
Kathe L. Palka:
Great poem, I’m right there with Carolina! When I was in fifth grade I once read straight through lunch in the library having missed my whole class leaving to go to the cafeteria. I was so engrossed in The Last of the Mohicans.
Posted 10/17/2012 08:25 AM
You have captured the joy of reading and painted a scene that draws me right into its center. Thanks.
Posted 10/17/2012 08:13 AM
Ginny, we have this weather in Ireland at the moment, storms and I guess I need to find a book to take me somewhere warmer and more appealing. Maire
Posted 10/17/2012 06:41 AM

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