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Beware the man who doesn't read

Updated on January 6, 2017
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Dean Traylor is a freelance writer and teacher. He wrote for IHPVA magazines and raced these vehicles with his father (who builds them).


There’s a lot mentioned about banning books. There are numerous people out there that will push for banning books for a myriad of reason. Sometimes, it’s for religious or political reasons. Other times, someone find the material of a book objectionable for language or graphic depictions of sex or violence.

What about those who ban books from their personal life for petty reasons? They

However, what is not often mentioned is the person who refuses to read a book. Usually, the reason is shockingly flimsy: they think it’s for nerds (yes, it gets that petty). On top of that, they have a belief that they are so smart that they don’t need to read.

Beware the man who won’t read a book

Beware the man who won’t read a book

He cares not for substance

He cares only for a physical look

He despises the intellectual hook

And dwells in ignorance.

Beware the man who won’t read a book.

He thinks a writers is a crook

Who lack society’s cadence.

He cares only for a physical look.

Often, he lacks the patience it took

To read the pages that needs persistence.

(Beware) the man who won’t read a book

Being labeled a geek had him shook

Such a stereotype marked his perseverance.

He cares only for a physical look.

Thus, intellect and imagination he can’t cook

(Too lost in his incompetence)

Beware the man who won’t read a book

He cares only for a physical look.


Why I Avoided writing a Villanelle Poem

As I’ve mentioned in another article, I tend to stay away from Villanelles. The rhythm and cadence can be challenging and fun to put together; however, it’s easy to forget the rules and write a poem that doesn’t fit the criteria of this particular format. That’s what happened when I first attempted to write one.

My first attempt was rejected twice because of this confusion. I had to read two books of poetry to finally realize what I did wrong. That’s not fun.

Anyway, I’ve managed to get the format down. Still, I haven’t been prolific in it. As mentioned, while it’s challenging, it’s easy to get lost in the plotting and matching that one tends to sway away from the theme.

from the movie version of Fahrenheit 451
from the movie version of Fahrenheit 451

© 2014 Dean Traylor


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    • Jonas Rodrigo profile image

      Jonas Rodrigo 2 years ago

      I love the message you are implying here. Some people who read books are indeed like what you stated, but then again we should not generalize.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Great subject and well done Villanelle. Villanelle is extremely difficult, but you did well with the repitition. Great job! Jsmie

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      Donna Hilbrandt 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      I have HS students who declare, "I don't read." I tell them they should be embarrassed to admit that. They don't get it. Your poem hit the right notes on this topic.