Justifiable Reading Time

Alison Morris - September 18, 2009

Pasted below is a perfect gem of a poem by Raymond Carver, to which I think many ShelfTalker readers will be able to relate. This one originally appeared in All of Us: The Collected Poems.


Woke up this morning with
a terrific urge to lie in bed all day
and read. Fought against it for a minute.

Then looked out the window at the rain.
And gave over. Put myself entirely
in the keep of this rainy morning.

Would I live my life over again?
Make the same unforgiveable mistakes?
Yes, given half a chance. Yes.

4 thoughts on “Justifiable Reading Time

  1. Pamela Ross

    I wish Raymond Carver were alive so I could have the chance to thank him for all the beautiful words he has given us to read. “And did you get what you want from this life?” Thanks for posting RAIN. Such a perfect poem, perfect story.


    Thank you, Alison, for posting Carver’s poem. I love the synchronicity–I just came upon your post this morning, of all mornings. With the rain coming down out my window, I think I’ll “put myself entirely” in it’s keep, pull my pile of books around me and read today.


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