But books do sit among the best
Lee hands each character a torch.
We follow their lead
Charging against the plot page by page
Slashing through tall, weeded tension
Overgrown gender norms
Rotted racism speckled among the ink
Mastering Maycomb mysteries.
Rumors of superior narration from one not in ink
By Scout as we see through her view
Inviting us to join as she
Charges page by page
And the best besides Lee
Tell not only of their story,
But of worldly happenings
Off the page
Of history’s plot
Its fires, storms, and sunrises
Binding all among its binding
Thankful for the lessons
For this handheld teacher.