Ode to Reader One

The Excitement Turns to Tedium

Ode to Reader One - Spectre of the Brocken - anticipate a new book

A reader anticipates a new book with a sense of awe. Carefully breaking the seal. The satisfying crack and the distinct smell of fresh pages heighten the anticipation. 

The dedication is short and sweet, heartfelt.

Turning the first crisp page, the journey begins with the editor’s diaries, trying to piece together the behind-the-scenes decisions of the author. As the editor’s self-indulged introduction stretches into page twenty-five, boredom sets in. Discouragement looms, prompting a hasty flip past the remaining introduction pages.

Entering the next section titled “A Note to the Reader,” confusion creeps in.

The question lingers: 

Would the long-deceased author approve of this tired editor’s interpretation of his work?

What was initially my chosen book to enjoy now feels like a puzzle crafted by the editor, a manifestation of their own sycophantic aspirations. 

Yearning for the story, one turns the page only to encounter a quote section, mostly in a Shakespearian gibberish. 

Is it the editor’s excessive effort to elevate the deceased author to profound posthumous heights based on their own literary interpretations and beliefs?

Getting through the quote section is the editor’s preface, part two. Two pages into the preface, more fatigue sets in. And with a quiet sigh, the book is closed. 

One examines the cover with a loss of hope. One flips the book to the back cover to five-star raving reviews from pre-bought scholars.

One removes their glasses and places them on the side table.

One blows out the light. 

Standing. 

Stretching.

The book is gently and disappointedly slid back into the lowest shelf on the bookcase.

Hidden from view. 

Now determined for one hundred years of dust.

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Ran Kime Writer
Ran Kime, a writer, poet, musician and recluse from New Hampshire, crafts abstract stories, flash fiction & poetry that probe the psyche. His collections include “Spectre of the Brocken: Halo for the observer” and “Way Past Tipsy & Other Silent Cries for Help”.