The little girl gets lost in her books,
giving no thought to the way she looks.
She perches sideways or upside down in her chair,
her arms akimbo, her legs in the air.
Snug in her quiet, cozy spot,
she submerges herself in the twisting plot.
Her friends are the characters on the page.
She watches them live and dream and grow and age.
She sees them struggle and make mistakes.
Other times, they get all the breaks.
Their lives fill hers and become her own.
They are always around. She is never alone.